Saturday, January 29, 2011

And Around And Around We Go

Have you ever felt like you are walking in circles? No, I am not trying to sell you a prescription drug. I’m here to tell you that it’s perfectly normal. At least, if you have your eyes closed. Scientists have studied this phenomenon and still have no idea as to why it happens. Apparently, as I’m sure some of you have noticed at some point in your lives, if you don’t look ahead (you must eliminate any reference points for this to work) or close your eyes, you will be unable to walk in a straight line. Try it out for yourselves at some point. Put on a blindfold, aim for a light post at the other end of the block, begin to walk towards it, and be pleasantly surprised when you either fall into your neighbor’s pool or get hit by a car of some sort. This idea is presented in a cool little animation at the bottom of this blog post. Oh, and this also holds true for many other activities including running, swimming, treading through a vast unexplored wilderness under fog, driving in the middle of a field, and steering a train. Wait


Via NPR

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