Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Genetics

I took a genetics class in 10th grade. We covered eye color with Big B and little b. We discussed dominant traits and recessive traits. Attached ear lobes or dangling ear lobes. Tongue curler or not a tongue curler. There were others.

I am curious to find out about whether the following is a genetic trait.

Okay reader, imagine yourself on the phone. An imaginary phone call if you will. Hold you hand up to your head like you were on the phone.

Are you a "pinky to the mouth, thumb to the ear" imaginary phone person? Or are you the "closed fist to the cheek" imaginary phone person?

24 comments:

lehighmary said...

"pinky to mouth, thumb to ear"...I never knew that people could do it differently from that...a closed fist? that just seems strange...(ps, this is my first time using "word verification" I always get nervous that I'll see it incorrectly or something!)

Stacie said...

I'm a closed fist fer sure! Here's my theory, It's not genetics, but situational influence. I grew up around boys..16 rough and tumble boys who would sooner cut their pinky's off than have them stick out even for an imaginary phone, and with 16 boys in the neighborhood, there were alot of closed fists thrown. Myself included.
(ps lehighmary, I get nervous too..I am pretty sure I have dyslexia so It freaks me out totally!) Stacie

Jewl said...

Ahhh, Pinky to the Mouth, thumb to the ear...
LOL, I had to think if I ever saw people do it the other way, I don't think I have... Strange!

Mama Duck said...

I'm a fist person.

Not sure if it's genetics or the fact that I've got a lot of pent up aggression from the last few days.

If it's genetic if is definitely a dominant trait.

What an intriguing quandry...

Rhonda said...

Fascinating question. I'm pinky to mouth, thumb to ear. I never really knew that about myself until you asked. Thanks.

SuzanH said...

Pinky to mouth, thumb to the ear.

It's the only RIGHT way to do it.

Kami said...

Pinky to the mouth, thumb to the ear. What's it all mean?

SoozieQ said...

I took a genetics class in college (got the highest grade the teacher has *EVER* given ~ I LOVED that stuff!!)....*ahem* anyway, back to your question.

I am a "closed fist to cheek" person and I just asked The Hubs and he too did the "closed fist to cheek" thing.

What does this mean?!?!?

Cat said...

Pinky to mouth, thumb to ear, most def. Closed fist to cheek is for babies.

Ozymandius said...

Closed fist. But perhaps its better if we don't explore this further, ,aybe we should have a "don't ask" "don't tell" policy for the phone issue. We don't want to upset those pinky and thumb freaks.

Effie said...

"pinky to the mouth, thumb to the ear"
I don't think I know anyone who does the other, with just a fist at the side of the face....weird...definitely genetic, like being able to wiggle your ears--I can wiggle my ears, can you?

You do realize that in American Sign Language, the official way to say telephone is with the pinky to the mouth and thumb to the ear, eh?

Tammy said...

I'm a pinky to mouth, thumb to ear person. Isn't everybody?

Jim said...

Pinky to the mouth thumb to the ear. Also a CRIP gang sign, also if rotated 45 degres a Hawaiian surf sign. Genetis ,fear,or just cool...

Candace said...

Pinky/thumb all the way, baby.

Cassy said...

Pinky to the Mouth, thumb to the ear.

Didn't know you could do it any other way.

The things you learn surfing blogs!

Renee said...

I am a pinky/thmub girl. :)

No_Newz said...

Hooboy... I fit into a whole new category Bill. My thumb is under my jaw, my index finger is near my ear and my pinky finger is on my mouth. It falls into both! It's a fist but there's all these fingers in the way.
I always knew I was a freak. Thanks for the confirmation.
Lois Lane
P.S. How'd the straws work out?

eclectic said...

I just hit the imaginary "Speaker Phone" button.

NO, I'm kidding....pinky/thumb...I admit it.

Anonymous said...

How can I fake hang up on my wife? I am not concerned with how I'm holding the phone, I just want her to stop bitching. How, somebody tell me how to I hang up.

Grace said...

I've added a link to your blog from mine. I like you.

LizzieDaisy said...

I liked him first. :)

Pinky/thumb... putting a fist to my face would be dangerous.

What I want to know is how many people read "no_newz" and tried to figure out how to hold her phone. That was WAY to complicated for me...

Susie said...

I think pinky/thumb is a relatively new development. Like the internet. I used to do fist, but for several years now, I've done pinky/thumb.

I tried it Lois Lane's way. That's just kinky.

Redhead Mommy said...

definitely pinky and thumb. like lehighmary said, the fist just seems strange.

kneehighbarry said...

phones are so small now. i'm definitely thumb to ear, pinky in the air...adds sophistication.