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craner
22-10-2004, 03:22 PM
Why the instinct? Why is it comfortable? When did man first cross his legs? And, why?

Melmoth
22-10-2004, 09:51 PM
why do people cross their legs when they sit down?

To get to the other side. ;)

satanmcnugget
22-10-2004, 10:03 PM
to keep our jewels warm :p

craner
24-10-2004, 02:34 PM
but what determines the shape of a stag's antlers?

nomos
24-10-2004, 04:40 PM
1. It's often more comfortable when sitting for long periods. Especially on hard institutional chairs.
2. In order to counter the guy-whose-dick-must-be-so-large-that-he-can-barely-keep-his-thighs-together style of sitting that remains so popular amongst real manly types.
3. To show off my socks.

DigitalDjigit
25-10-2004, 07:12 PM
I thought you meant sitting cross-legged like people sit in the (near) East.

I had a similar question. I never see people in America sitting...eh...i dont' know how to say this. See this illustration:

http://www.exile.ru/transient/197/uzbek_gasterbeiter.jpg

I think this is a pretty standard way to sit down among primitive cultures as well as others. Americans just drop on their ass, I guess it requires too much balance and leg strength.

craner
26-10-2004, 06:00 PM
but why don't bees and ants go to war?

robin
28-10-2004, 02:10 AM
hey digital djigit,funny you should mention that,it came up in conversation the other day...
it seems that sitting like that is like rolling your tongue,you can either do it or you can't
in any given room (nb-anecdotal evidence based on me and my mates) about half the people will be able to sit like that indefinitely without making any effort to balance,while the other half won't be able to balance and will just fall backwards...
thing is,it didnt seem to be related to weight or size (although i'd imagine really fat people would have difficulty with it no matter what)

Guybrush
16-05-2007, 06:08 PM
Yesterday, I watched Ken Auletta being interviewed on the Daily Show, and I was intrigued by how at ease he seemed to be compared to most other guests. And then it struck me: it’s because of his crossing his legs! I find it strange that not more interviewees do this as it’s relaxing, comfortable, and not at all disrespectful. That bending-your-knees pose looks really awkward.

http://www.exile.ru/transient/197/uzbek_gasterbeiter.jpg

mistersloane
16-05-2007, 06:23 PM
That bending-your-knees pose looks really awkward.

http://www.exile.ru/transient/197/uzbek_gasterbeiter.jpg

Everyone sits like that in China, everyone. It's really bad for your knees later on in life, but so practical, makes waiting at bus stops a whole different pleasure.

Mr. Tea
16-05-2007, 10:56 PM
Is it just me or would that guy's right index finger be about 6" long fully extended?

swears
17-05-2007, 12:33 AM
I can't do it and find it really uncomfortable when I try.

Mr. Tea
17-05-2007, 01:39 AM
*worships swears's quite clearly ENORMOUS nads* :)

Chris
17-05-2007, 03:46 AM
Wow Tea, I don't think I've heard someone use the word "nads" since the 80s...

We are talking about crossing our legs the "guy" way right (if your a guy)? I find the other way a bit uncomfortable.

don_quixote
17-05-2007, 08:35 AM
are we talking about crossing our legs in the thigh over other thigh way here, or the primary school sitting on the floor way?

swears
17-05-2007, 12:30 PM
*worships swears's quite clearly ENORMOUS nads* :)

Haha... it's more to do with my leg muscles, it just doesn't feel right.

hundredmillionlifetimes
17-05-2007, 09:02 PM
Why the instinct? Why is it comfortable? When did man first cross his legs? And, why?

http://www.news.com.au/common/imagedata/0,,5244524,00.jpg

In what is being called a "strike of crossed legs", supported by the Pereira mayor's office, the wives and girlfriends of gang members have said they will not have sex with their partners until they vow to give up violence. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/colombia/story/0,,1871113,00.html)

[Apart from being an essential physiological pre-requisite to posting or reading at Dissensus ... a combination of leg crossing and muscle tensing may help prevent fainting, providing a simple solution for people prone to fainting during emotional stress (http://www.themilwaukeechannel.com/health/1645261/detail.html)]

noel emits
17-05-2007, 09:32 PM
That squatting pose is one i often find myself doing when digging in da crates. It's really uncomfortable.

mistersloane
18-05-2007, 02:46 AM
Like the gang members are going to be bothered about that, there's plenty of people around who'll open their legs at the drop of a hat for a bad boy.

Isn't it something to do with body language, that by crossing your leg toward someone you're indicating that you like them? I presume it started like that and then got adopted by men and dandies as a pose and has just carried on from there, you can see it in chat shows.

hundredmillionlifetimes
18-05-2007, 03:27 AM
Like the gang members are going to be bothered about that, there's plenty of people around who'll open their legs at the drop of a hat for a bad boy.

Your abject social nihilism is showing [envious of dumb macho thuggery, contempt for serious social solidarity, women as ultimately slavering whores to feudal patriarchy] ... give yourself a pat on the back.


Isn't it something to do with body language, that by crossing your leg toward someone you're indicating that you like them?

Uh, like the gang members are going to be bothered about that ... ?

http://vrcoll.fa.pitt.edu/medart/image/England/london/Temple-Church/Tombs/London-Temptomb-PG589-s.jpg

That's a [note the crossed legs] great show of body language there, Templar!!

[no, don't ask]

CHAOTROPIC
02-08-2007, 03:22 PM
http://www.exile.ru/transient/197/uzbek_gasterbeiter.jpg

My old (80!) amazing (blind!) osteopath claimed that the lack of this kind of squatting position was the reason for the ubiquity of hip replacements in the West. A lack of lateral rotational movement in the hips wears the joints unevenly, making them oval over time, causing pain & damage. You can stop it by sitting like this for a few minutes every day, letting the joints wear more evenly.

Squat & shit. That's the way.

Go to Asia & watch even the most wrinkled prunelike relics squatting smoothly & evenly on their haunches for long periods & wonder how many people in the West of a similar age could manage anything remotely similar.*

*I'm not advocating watching people while they're shitting

Edward
02-08-2007, 04:07 PM
I refuse to believe that picture.

I can sit exactly like him except with my heels off the ground, or with flat feet but knees pointing almot straight up near my armpits.

Do anyone's ankles bend as much as the guy in the drawing really?

Mr. Tea
02-08-2007, 04:09 PM
Uzbeks must be built weirdly. Look at his forefinger, for God's sake!

Sick Boy
03-08-2007, 04:14 PM
2. In order to counter the guy-whose-dick-must-be-so-large-that-he-can-barely-keep-his-thighs-together style of sitting that remains so popular amongst real manly types.


Looks like you are going to have to clarify here mate.

Mr. Tea
03-08-2007, 04:27 PM
Looks like you are going to have to clarify here mate.

http://img297.imageshack.us/img297/4710/trainlb5.jpg

Electric Angel
03-08-2007, 04:30 PM
To hide stifling erections in their pants...