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  • A few facts for starters.

  • During an average lifetime, our feet will walk 115,000 miles,

  • or 185,000 kilometres.

  • That's the equivalent to walking around the world

  • more than four times.

  • Each pair of feet has around 250,000 sweat glands.

  • We release up to half a pint of sweat every day from our feet,

  • or 100 litres in a year.

  • The average British foot

  • has increased by two UK sizes since the 1970s.

  • We are taller and heavier, in part, due to our diet.

  • The little micro-moves your feet make

  • say a huge amount about what's going on in your mind.

  • Studies suggest men move their feet more when they're anxious,

  • but women's feet stay still,

  • though they do release a nervous energy

  • as they become more comfortable.

  • Men tend not to give clues

  • about their attraction towards a person with their feet,

  • but women do.

  • An open posture and foot movement away from the body

  • are clues of attraction.

  • In ancient Egypt, nail polish was used to show social standing.

  • The lower classes often wore nude and light colours

  • while high society painted their nails red.

  • These days, well, it's up to you.

  • If you think you can stop feet communicating by covering them,

  • think again.

  • A study from the University of Kansas

  • found people are able to accurately guess age,

  • income and a number of personality traits

  • just from looking at their shoes.

  • Practical and functional shoes tend to be worn by agreeable people.

  • while old, but well-kept shoes, suggest a conscientious owner.

  • Research has found the brighter the shoe

  • the less anxious the owner tends to be.

  • Like shoes, your socks can be equally revealing.

  • In Silicon Valley and elsewhere,

  • wearing colourful or flamboyant socks

  • is an acceptable shot of flair for men

  • in a generally dressed-down culture.

  • If your second toe is larger than the big toe, that's called Morton's toe.

  • The ancient Greeks loved this shape of foot -

  • you see it all the time in their sculptures.

  • About twenty to thirty per cent of people

  • have what are known as Greek feet.

  • So-called Egyptian feet are when the toes go down one by one in size,

  • in a straight line.

  • The Egyptians were into their perfect measurements.

  • A so-called Roman foot is where the toe and the two toes next to it

  • are roughly the same length.

  • Good for walking.

  • And why are our feet so ticklish?

  • And why does tickling make us laugh?

  • It's a mystery that's perplexed thinkers

  • from Plato to Galileo to Darwin.

  • The soles have a high concentration of Meissner's corpuscles -

  • highly sensitive nerve receptors.

  • Scientists believe these evolved as a defence mechanism

  • to protect vulnerable areas of the body from injury.

  • It is also thought that tickling encourages social bonding.

  • You can't tickle yourself!

A few facts for starters.

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    Summer posted on 2021/05/06
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