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The weight of each leg of a human is 10 percent per Ask an Expert: Weight of A Human Leg, 14 percent per this answer on WikiAnswers, or 15.7 percent per Ask an Anatomist: What percentage of total body weight is contained in the lower leg?. But I guess polis would have more muscular arms, more fat and callus to pad the ischial area, and proportionally less skin surface area through which to conduct heat. So barring any more evidence from anatomists, I'll assume a typical body mass/weight of about 80 to 85 percent that of a baseline human. Your comments? --Tepples 15:44, 7 February 2012 (MST)

No objection for now, though I haven't made any rigorous calculations. Eighty5cacao 17:09, 7 February 2012 (MST)
A Minneapolis Tribune article by Jack Wilson in 1958 says the legs weigh 27 percent together, and a legless man would have other advantages in orbit. --Tepples 19:10, 21 June 2012 (MST)

Dang you Daniel[edit]

Dan O'Brien of Cracked just had to go and get my hopes up about a piano virtuoso before dashing them with an Editorial Note. --Tepples (talk) 11:49, 3 February 2013 (CST)

Dance lessons[edit]

In the Garfield universe, it appears spiders get charged extra for dance lessons, (SROMG #1383, citing Garfield 2003-10-18) especially compared to someone with no feet at all. --Tepples (talk) 01:58, 3 March 2013 (UTC)

Just to acknowledge that I've already been reading Square Root of Minus Garfield; I'd need to think for a while to come up w/ a substantive response. --Eighty5cacao (talk) 04:27, 3 March 2013 (UTC)


I didn't ask anyone yet the way I did in Talk:Nander because I could find enough info from wikipedia:Paralympic Games. But today I happened upon sled hockey, as demonstrated in a story about Brody Roybal. --Tepples (talk) 21:59, 1 March 2014 (UTC)

Augie makes the Fermies known[edit]

"...Un-cle Li-na."

Before there were animated Weebles or even Arkadians, there were Terries and Fermies from an Uncle Scrooge story. Via "Building an Elixir Mascot" by Augie De Blieck Jr. --Tepples (talk) 04:54, 20 March 2015 (UTC)

Tree dwelling[edit]

Leaving this here until I can decide to what extent it applies:

Tree-dwelling apes build a bed every night from various materials but have to contend with being awoken by wind, snakes, and their neighbors. A study by Dr. David R. Samson of Duke University showed that orangutans scored higher on mental tests after having slept on a bed of foam than straw. So more comfortable sleep lets humans reach REM sleep sooner, allowing for shorter overall sleep and more time for culture while awake.[ref]Carl Zimmer. "Down From the Trees, Humans Finally Got a Decent Night’s Sleep". The New York Times, 2015-12-17. Accessed 2015-12-20.[/ref] One scout speculates that polis returned to tree-dwelling at least temporarily before reestablishing agriculture.[ref]NPSF3000. "Answer to Humans born without legs: how would they thrive?". Worldbuilding Stack Exchange, 2014-10-08. Accessed 2015-12-20.[/ref] If so, they might have lost some of the advantages of sound sleep during that time. --Tepples (talk) 03:53, 21 December 2015 (UTC)


Uh-oh... Robocar? Don't know what to think. --Tepples (talk) 16:20, 20 December 2016 (UTC)