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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.
luvit3 years ago
awe gee. i learned to swallow my whole arm. you have it easy (;
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)  chainedflesh4 years ago
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.
...than "typical" people. You are exceptionally talented and way beyond mundane "normal" merijnvw. Way to go. Well done. Excellent Instructable. Thanks
merijnvw (author)  porcupinemamma4 years ago
and thanks again!
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.
ummmm (blush blush) can an old lady such as myself add that i think you are one handsome dude?
merijnvw (author)  porcupinemamma4 years ago
Yes you can I have no problem with that, thanks!
static4 years ago
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 www.tommyekmayer.com . 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)  static4 years ago
Thanks for your reply! I'll add your suggestion to the Instructable
drewcybr4 years ago
a professor of Northland College patented a paddle for one armed use that is amazing. this is the link to her webpage. http://www.ncstaff.net/oed/CanoePaddleForOneArmUsePage.htm
merijnvw (author)  drewcybr4 years ago
Thanks a lot! I'll add it to the step
siedpe134 years ago
im not sure weather to say are there ways, or how, but video games with two handed controllers
merijnvw (author)  siedpe134 years ago
I don't understand you exactly but I play videogames with controllers designed for two hands. Remember I still have a stump.
andorfun4 years ago
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merijnvw (author)  andorfun4 years ago
Thanks for making my Instructable useful for people!
Congratulations! Awesome instructable!
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)  got2bskilled4 years ago
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.
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)  got2bskilled4 years ago
Ok good to hear. Are the robot shirts big for their size? If so I will change my request from M to S
omnibot4 years ago
That's pretty cool. Almost makes me wanna loose a hand just to try it.
merijnvw (author)  omnibot4 years ago
Can I have yours? Thanks in advance.
I said "Almost" .. but I give you a call when I perfect my Cobra-style, arm-mounted laser-cannon :)
LOL good one! I'm deaf. I cant image to don't have hands. I need hand to talks (sign language)
Hahaha
jagman1114 years ago
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)  jagman1114 years ago
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?
thanks
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 jagman1114 years ago
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.
 I once read an article about this camp that tough people missing limbs how to scuba dive. Is it hard to swim ?
merijnvw (author)  Quest for Questions4 years ago
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...
SiderAnne4 years ago
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!
mathman474 years ago
Thank you for a most enlightening Instructable.  More power to you.
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)  metalman11384 years ago
Thanks! And you're right.
Haha I can add some photos some day when I have them.


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

lemonie4 years ago
Well, I have to admit that I thought a two-handed person built the Lego safe, I am doubly-impressed.

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