Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Because men need to throw things in the air and catch them with their mouths

Sea Lion Catching Fish

“Better to be thought a fool than open your mouth and remove all doubt.”

There are many unsolved mysteries in the world. The Shroud of Turin; what became of the Mary Celeste; the Voynich manuscript; the Bermuda triangle, are just a few great mysteries that still plague us with their riddles and perplexities.

However nothing is more incomprehensible than a man's desire to throw something in the air and catch it with his mouth - in public.

Every man, at some point in his life, succumbs to this temptation.

If you are in the vicinity of a man that attempts this, better hope he actually misses. For some strange reason, it’s the accomplished ‘nut catcher’ that will do this over and over again, rather than the one who needs the practise.

However, more astonishing than the desire to do this is public, is the no doubt hours and hours of practise that have gone into being able to do it – before they take the act public.

For every man you see catching a nut, M&M or cigarette in his hand, you are also witnessing the hours of private practise alone in his room that it must have taken to be able to achieve this feat.

However, what is not as clear as the years of  ‘geekdom’ devoted to the skill is the reason for doing it.

Some of my favourite explanations are; it shows eye mouth coordination; to deal aggressively with awkward social moments; and to attract women. (!)

This is one of life’s lingering mysteries.

In romance novels, perhaps not surprisingly, men rarely engage in throwing things up in the air and catching them with their mouths. If they are ever tempted, they will do it in the house and never, ever under any circumstances in a public place.


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