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jugglingninja33 (author)2011-07-30

Even though I have both of my hands and I'm a righty, I think I should be a lefty because my left eye, ear, and foot (no testicles to try out) are both dominant. However, my school encouraged everyone to use their right hands and so that's what I did.

luvit (author)2010-08-09

awe gee. i learned to swallow my whole arm. you have it easy (;

chainedflesh (author)2010-06-06

There is anotheer aspect to step 4. Although it is becoming lesss prevalent in this day and age. Film companies that still do practical FX often hire people with missing appendages for limb tear/cut gags. As a somewhat related side note: People missing appendages aren't limited to just those types of roles. Filmmakers are constantly on the lookout for things that make a person just right for a role. Sometimes the casting department doeesn't even know what they are looking for until they see it. People fool themselves into thinking that they can't fill roles like this because they have one less body part than other people. Yes there will be rejection when trying out for roles, but EVERYONE gets rejected... a LOT.

merijnvw (author)chainedflesh2010-06-06

Thanks for adding this! And I would like to add that you can also be casted for 'normal' roles, which is proved by Jamel Debbouzze: He misses his right arm but played in famous movies as Amélie and Asterix & Obelix, they just hided his handicap in a smart way. And Cerrie Burnell with one half arm got presentator of CBeebies in the UK where they don't even hide her handicap which I think is good because the little children learn to understand handicaps etc.

porcupinemamma (author)merijnvw2010-06-14

...than "typical" people. You are exceptionally talented and way beyond mundane "normal" merijnvw. Way to go. Well done. Excellent Instructable. Thanks

merijnvw (author)porcupinemamma2010-06-16

and thanks again!

chainedflesh (author)merijnvw2010-06-12

Absolutely. One just has to look at people like Aimee Mullins. Not only is she an exceptional athlete but is also an actress and a highly popular model. She is of course absolutely gorgeous to boot.

porcupinemamma (author)2010-06-14

ummmm (blush blush) can an old lady such as myself add that i think you are one handsome dude?

merijnvw (author)porcupinemamma2010-06-16

Yes you can I have no problem with that, thanks!

static (author)2010-06-13

Due to a brain injury I don't have full function of my left hand. One highly recommended book is "one handed in a two handed world" by Tommy-K. Mayer . Also there is software to help one learn to type one handed using a standard keyboard, that doesn't require a special layout Dvorak keyboard or drivers installed into the computer. Meaning with learning this way you can walk up to any computer and start to use it. Great instructable.

merijnvw (author)static2010-06-14

Thanks for your reply! I'll add your suggestion to the Instructable

drewcybr (author)2010-06-13

a professor of Northland College patented a paddle for one armed use that is amazing. this is the link to her webpage.

merijnvw (author)drewcybr2010-06-14

Thanks a lot! I'll add it to the step

siedpe13 (author)2010-06-12

im not sure weather to say are there ways, or how, but video games with two handed controllers

merijnvw (author)siedpe132010-06-13

I don't understand you exactly but I play videogames with controllers designed for two hands. Remember I still have a stump.

merijnvw (author)2010-06-10

Thanks for making my Instructable useful for people!

DarkRubyMoon (author)2010-06-10

Congratulations! Awesome instructable!

got2bskilled (author)2010-06-09

YEA ! ! ! ! ! See, I knew you had it! Congratulations!!!!!~ Expect me to check up on you later.....I know you will be the next Slash.... and when you do, I will need an autograph~LOL! Good Work and Rock your Wii! My Best, Got2BSkilled

merijnvw (author)got2bskilled2010-06-10

Thanks a lot!! It's good you're still so enthousiastic while you didn't win. You were among the most popular gems, I expected you to be a runner-up at least.. Maybe I'll add a step: how to Wii with one hand, haha.

got2bskilled (author)merijnvw2010-06-10

My highest hope was for a Robot T-shirt. The one I have is too big! So, I am not too heart broken. Plus, girls dont really play video games :-) I am with you on the Wii step! Rock out with one hand out!

merijnvw (author)got2bskilled2010-06-10

Ok good to hear. Are the robot shirts big for their size? If so I will change my request from M to S

omnibot (author)2010-05-23

That's pretty cool. Almost makes me wanna loose a hand just to try it.

merijnvw (author)omnibot2010-05-23

Can I have yours? Thanks in advance.

omnibot (author)merijnvw2010-06-08

I said "Almost" .. but I give you a call when I perfect my Cobra-style, arm-mounted laser-cannon :)

Nykus79 (author)merijnvw2010-05-25

LOL good one! I'm deaf. I cant image to don't have hands. I need hand to talks (sign language)

=SMART= (author)merijnvw2010-05-23


jagman111 (author)2010-05-26

Hi I lost my left arm above the elbow 27 years ago I was 19 you are doing great .I havent used the prosthesis in over 20 years it was useless. I am an auto mechanic for a dodge dealer . I hunt , fish , backpack & can do just about anything & you will find out the older you get somethings get harder . my elbow & shoulder get sore more & the phantom pain never go away completely  good luck

merijnvw (author)jagman1112010-05-27

Above the elbow, that's very unfortunate! I have more luck, and I won't get phantom pain because I was born with it.
I thought prosthesises were only useful for those who lost their arm and not the ones who were born with it, but you lost it and you don't use a prosthesis either.. And how do you type?

jagman111 (author)merijnvw2010-05-27

I did try the prosthesis but it seemed to get in the way more than help.I use one finger mostly . you are lucky the phantom pains get very bad at times .

aeray (author)jagman1112010-05-31

Do you know about the "mirror therapy" experiments for phantom pain? Atul Gawande wrote a great article about it in the New York Times last year titled "The Itch". Fascinating, and simple, stuff.

Quest for Questions (author)2010-05-28

 I once read an article about this camp that tough people missing limbs how to scuba dive. Is it hard to swim ?

Not at all! That's why I didn't even add a step about it. I never had problems with it and I swim faster than some people of my age, maybe that sounds weird.
thanks for your reply!

 That's interesting...

SiderAnne (author)2010-05-26

This is Awesome!
I read a book where a girl lost her forearm in an accident and had to re-teach herself a lot of things. I taught myself how to braid my own hair one handed because of that book (the girl did it)
Truly Awesome, man!

mathman47 (author)2010-05-26

Thank you for a most enlightening Instructable.  More power to you.

metalman1138 (author)2010-05-25

That is one of the BEST f**king instructables i have seen in a long time. I lost part of my finger on my right hand and i am right handed, i know big deal, lol, but its amazing how you shift to adapt to even a small change to your anatomy. Again great job. And i would pay cash money to see the looks on the faces of others with you doin the arm swallow routine.

merijnvw (author)metalman11382010-05-26

Thanks! And you're right.
Haha I can add some photos some day when I have them.

got2bskilled (author)2010-05-24

Very cool ideas! I wanna play with that frog pad~

lemonie (author)2010-05-23

Well, I have to admit that I thought a two-handed person built the Lego safe, I am doubly-impressed.


merijnvw (author)lemonie2010-05-23

haha thanks!

lemonie (author)merijnvw2010-05-23

I like Lego, I'm in the process of building a punched-tape reader, I hope I get it done this year,,


merijnvw (author)lemonie2010-05-23

Cool! What will it do with the punched tape, print letters? Or is it a music band like in a music box?

lemonie (author)merijnvw2010-05-24

I'm thinking "fairground-organ" but with the paper-reel I've got 1 octave max, I can cram 8 lines in. The real-problem is that I bought some expensive "non-corrosive" "lead-free" solder and it's bloody-awful... I should switch to "corrosive" "lead-containing" solder...


Jayefuu (author)2010-05-23

Lots of practical advice here! Like it. And it's good that you're so good humoured about it too. Great ible!

=SMART= (author)2010-05-23

Step 1 is really clever and step four is brilliant haha
Thanks for posting it was really interesting

merijnvw (author)=SMART=2010-05-23

thanks a lot!

zigzagchris (author)2010-05-23

I really like your instructable because you seem to have fun with it.

merijnvw (author)zigzagchris2010-05-23

thanks! yeah it's true.

zigzagchris (author)merijnvw2010-05-23

Their was a girl at my camp with the same condition and at the camp tallentshow she would dress it up as a superhero every week

NachoMahma (author)2010-05-23

.  Great job. I hope we see more.
.  I literally laughed out loud when I got to step 4. I'm glad I didn't have a mouthful of coffee at the time.

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