Hey Baby....can I see your hands?

OK-I get all kinds of weird questions and requests when hanging out with friends or simply walking in public. But this was almost the best pick up line ever.

"So, you went to the Olympics....can I see your hands?"

You mean my ring?

"No, your hand."

Well it turns out that the length of a woman's ring finger may be an easy way to tell if she has future sports potential as an athlete-according to the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Or so I'm told. And after a little research-turns out it wasn't such a crazy pick up line.

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The Brits conducted an in-depth study involving 607 adult female twins in the United Kingdom where they compared finger measurements with a woman's achievements in sports. In the largest study of its kind, hand measurements of 607 female twins aged 25-79 from the UK were compared with the women's lifetime sporting achievements. Why they used twins, who knows. Could have possibly been a sub-study of some twin study they were already conducting?

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The findings revealed that women with ring fingers longer than their index fingers -- a trait commonly seen in men -- performed better at running and sports involving running, such as tennis and soccer.

The report goes on to say that detection of sporting potential by examining the ratio between the index and ring fingers could help identify talented individuals at a pre-competitive stage.

In women, the ring finger is usually shorter than or the same length as the index finger, while the ring finger is usually longer in men.

Finger length is actually inherited -- apparently set before birth and remaining constant throughout one's lifetime. However, the genes that impact such growth have yet to be discovered.

There's something to add to your "List" when scouring for your future mate. Want to make athletic babies-find a man with a ring finger longer than his index finger. I prefer guitar hands but to each his own.

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