bodies: May 2010 Archives

275x250.jpgMeasuring 7 feet, 8.33 inches tall, Igor Vovkovinskiy has been officially recognised as the tallest man in America.

Originally from the Ukraine, Vovkovinskiy moved to Minnesota with his mother Svetlana when he was a (not so) little seven-year-old.

Now aged 27 he has grown to a whopping 7ft 8.3inches and has difficulty fitting into cars, finding comfortable shoes and squeezing into desks at the Minnesota School of Business where he is pursuing a degree in paralegal studies.

Doctors blame his growth on a pituitary gland tumour which they tried to remove a few years ago - but the operation was a failure and Igor continued to grow.

Igor beat out the previous record-holder, Virginia deputy sheriff George Bell, by a third of an inch… which will hopefully stop him making those 'longest arm of the law' jokes.

275x250.jpgCompetitors with nimble fingers have battled it out in a bra-removing contest at Chinese shopping mall.

Participants each had to see how quickly they could unclasp eight bras, which were worn by models on a stage in Gungzhou city.

The models - who all had their hair tied up to allow easy access to their bra fastenings - stood in a line as countless men tried their luck.

As if the men needed extra encouragement to relieve the women of their bras in record time there was a prize of 1,000 yuan for the fastest.

But the blokes were all put to shame by a woman who undid the eight bra clasps in just 21 seconds… though to be fair she's had a bit more practice than most of the men.

275x250.jpgThe average Brit now sits on their backside for a whopping 14 hours and 39 minutes every day, it has been found.

A study found commuting to work, a day at the office and then an evening in front of the television means millions of adults spend hardly any time on their feet.
Research looked at 3,000 people finding most adults spend four hours and 17 minutes at their desk and a further two hours and 27 minutes parked in front of the TV.
Once home they will sit down again to use a laptop or home computer for another two hours and 25 minutes.

Admit it, you were thinking this could't be true and then you realised you were sitting down as you read it weren't you?

275x250.jpgResearchers have found drinking coffee can help people working shifts to make fewer errors at work.

Scientists say those who work shifts disrupt their body clocks and tend to be more tired at work, as a result they suffer increased errors.

Looking at how to combat this they compared the impact of taking caffeine (by drinking coffee or energy drinks) with placebos or naps.

Work-related tests showed those on the caffeine suffered significantly less mistakes and had better memory, attention, perception and reasoning.

In that case we dread to think how many mistakes we would make if we didn't have an intravenous drip of espresso hooked up next to the desk.

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