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October 7th, 2002

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05:15 pm - Stupid Body Tricks
I have discovered a stupid trick you can do with your body by dumb experiment. Take a feather duster, or some other suitably tickly artificial alternative, and place it on your face lengthwise, so it runs from your forehead down the length of your nose to your chin. The length of the duster should be in contact with your face. Now slowly roll the duster to one side or the other, keeping parts of it in contact with your face at all times. Yes, it should be tickly, by contrast to the way that your body does not let you effectively tickle yourself, no matter how tickly ticklish you are.

The strange bit comes when the duster reaches a cheekbone. Your ear's natural defence mechanisms will take over and the muscles inside will tighten up, with consequences on what you hear. It should work with both ears. It's quite possible to trigger these muscles voluntarily and sometimes they contract involuntarily, especially when you're expecting to hear a loud noise. However, unless you're thinking about it really hard, this is a way to make them contract.

Try it! I'd love to know whether you find the same or whether I'm being more of an alien than usual. (Perhaps it only works if you're naturally tickly in the first place.)

Could there be a bid for an Ig Nobel prize in this?
Current Mood: ticklish

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Date:October 9th, 2002 03:23 am (UTC)
My feather duster is black and orange and survived sticking out of my jacket on a scooter ride along the A2. Despite this, it doesn't seem to have the requisite ear-tightening properties.

It could be me at fault, of course: I can't see autostereograms, I can't wiggle my ears and I can't click my fingers. Still, there are many other satisfying things I can do with a black and orange feather duster.
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Date:October 9th, 2002 09:41 am (UTC)

Nice pussy

That's useful data. From it we can conclude one of:

(a) I was inaccurate in my description of the sensation experienced, so that what you felt was what I meant to describe rather than what I actually described.

(b) You were hoping to experience something and concentrating on how it might feel, rather than letting the sensation overcome you unexpectedly.

(c) I'm built wrong

or - the most likely -

(d) It depends on the colour of the feather duster. Mine was pink and blue. Perhaps blue is a tickly colour whereas black and orange aren't.

I shall apply for Lottery funding forthwith to apply for dusters of a hundred colours and many different consistencies to investigate the phenomenon further. Perhaps I might have more success getting money for this purpose from Terri DiSisto...
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Date:October 9th, 2002 12:44 pm (UTC)

Re: Nice pussy

So not, as I feared,

(e) Of all the people gullible enough to caress themselves with their interior furnishing purely functional household equipment, I was the only one foolish enough to post?

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Date:October 9th, 2002 04:36 pm (UTC)

Re: Nice pussy

Now if I say "No, but that's what I'm going to do next time" then next time you won't do it. Whatever it is.

So, er, yes! I mean no! I mean (f)!


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