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This leads to developing a large pad of thickened skin called an ischial [[wikipedia:callosity|callosity]] on the bottom for cushioning, not unlike that of a baboon or certain macaques.<ref>E. Reid Ross. "[http://www.cracked.com/article_20353_6-animals-that-prove-nature-has-childish-sense-humor.html 6 Animals That Prove Nature Has a Childish Sense of Humor]." ''Cracked'', 2013-03-31. Accessed 2013-03-31.</ref>
 
This leads to developing a large pad of thickened skin called an ischial [[wikipedia:callosity|callosity]] on the bottom for cushioning, not unlike that of a baboon or certain macaques.<ref>E. Reid Ross. "[http://www.cracked.com/article_20353_6-animals-that-prove-nature-has-childish-sense-humor.html 6 Animals That Prove Nature Has a Childish Sense of Humor]." ''Cracked'', 2013-03-31. Accessed 2013-03-31.</ref>
 
But the skin over it isn't brightly colored, unlike the ischial callosity of some animals that display the buttocks to attract a mate, such as the butts seen in [http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=baboon+buttocks&qpvt=baboon+buttocks&FORM=IGRE Bing Images] or the bright red heart-shaped ass that a gorilla painted.<ref>Sam Blitz. "[http://www.cracked.com/article_18930_6-amazingly-intelligent-animals-that-will-creep-you-out_p2.html 6 Amazingly Intelligent Animals (That Will Creep You Out)]". ''Cracked'', 2011-01-02. Accessed 2014-01-02.</ref>
 
But the skin over it isn't brightly colored, unlike the ischial callosity of some animals that display the buttocks to attract a mate, such as the butts seen in [http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=baboon+buttocks&qpvt=baboon+buttocks&FORM=IGRE Bing Images] or the bright red heart-shaped ass that a gorilla painted.<ref>Sam Blitz. "[http://www.cracked.com/article_18930_6-amazingly-intelligent-animals-that-will-creep-you-out_p2.html 6 Amazingly Intelligent Animals (That Will Creep You Out)]". ''Cracked'', 2011-01-02. Accessed 2014-01-02.</ref>
 
Men are twice as strong as women,<ref>Cristen Conger. "[http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/diet-fitness/personal-training/men-vs-women-upper-body-strength.htm Do men really have more upper body strength than women?]" ''HowStuffWorks'', 2012-12-12. Accessed 2014-12-03.</ref><ref>"[http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-ways-society-sexist-against-men-and-how-we-can-fix-it/ 5 Ways Society Is Sexist Against Men (and How We Can Fix It)]". ''Cracked.com'', 2014-10-22. Accessed 2014-12-03.</ref> but we're not quite sure how this affects daily life.
 
  
 
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"Poli" comes from "roly-poly". A name for this race prior to the fourth quarter of 2008 was "weebles", after [[wikipedia:Weeble|Playskool's toy]].
 
"Poli" comes from "roly-poly". A name for this race prior to the fourth quarter of 2008 was "weebles", after [[wikipedia:Weeble|Playskool's toy]].
  
Men are about twice as strong in the upper body as women because women's low T keeps them from putting on as much muscle.
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Men are about twice as strong in the upper body as women because women's low T keeps them from putting on as much muscle.<ref>Cristen Conger. "[http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/diet-fitness/personal-training/men-vs-women-upper-body-strength.htm Do men really have more upper body strength than women?]" ''HowStuffWorks'', 2012-12-12. Accessed 2014-12-03.</ref><ref>Cristen Conger. "[http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/diet-fitness/personal-training/men-vs-women-upper-body-strength.htm Do men really have more upper body strength than women?]". ''HowStuffWorks'', 2012-11-28. Accessed 2014-10-22. Via "[http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-ways-society-sexist-against-men-and-how-we-can-fix-it/ 5 Ways Society Is Sexist Against Men (and How We Can Fix It)]". ''Cracked'', 2014-10-22. Accessed 2014-10-22.</ref>
<ref>Cristen Conger. "[http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/diet-fitness/personal-training/men-vs-women-upper-body-strength.htm Do men really have more upper body strength than women?]". ''HowStuffWorks'', 2012-11-28. Accessed 2014-10-22. Via "[http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-ways-society-sexist-against-men-and-how-we-can-fix-it/ 5 Ways Society Is Sexist Against Men (and How We Can Fix It)]". ''Cracked'', 2014-10-22. Accessed 2014-10-22.</ref>
 
 
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Revision as of 00:59, 4 December 2014

A poli (pl. polis) is a sapient being. Polis are much like humans except that polis have no external hind legs. Their leg and foot bones are contained entirely inside the butt area. They walk on their hands and bottom, wearing thick padded gloves on their hands that serve as shoes for them. (Compare this video.)

  • Height: 80-90 cm
  • Defining characteristic: determination

Poli culture tends toward a can-do attitude. Don't call them cripples; they do what anyone else does, just in their own way. This extends to their unique style of hand-to-hand combat that takes advantage of their low center of gravity.

Anatomy and physiology

Walking on hands with an alternating gait leads to so-called tennis elbow. Treatment involves elbow braces and anti-inflammatory medication.[1][2]

More commonly, they use a "tripedal" swing-through gait to bear half the weight on each hand, often wearing what the Germans might call "hand shoes". This leads to developing a large pad of thickened skin called an ischial callosity on the bottom for cushioning, not unlike that of a baboon or certain macaques.[3] But the skin over it isn't brightly colored, unlike the ischial callosity of some animals that display the buttocks to attract a mate, such as the butts seen in Bing Images or the bright red heart-shaped ass that a gorilla painted.[4]

With other races

When one scoots on his hands and bottom, more of his body comes in contact with the dirt on the ground.[5] For this reason, they may be considered "dirty" by others.

In areas without a lot of these people, padded gloves made for fist-walking aren't available. It takes a lot of duct tape to keep inferior (for purpose) gloves holding together.[6]

Some of them who mingle with taller races compensate for their lack of height by wearing a tall pointed or stovepipe hat.[7]

When learning to speak standard common language, they may confuse the words for "arm" and "leg", leading to a situation not entirely unlike that depicted in the strip "No legs" by Kris Wilson of Cyanide and Happiness. Compare English wrist, which resembles Swedish vrist meaning ankle.

Architecture

As polis are shorter than other people, their houses tend to be smaller. The doors also open up rather than out, with a knob at the bottom. Some communities of polis have founded very long linear towns along roads and rivers.[8]

False polis

Soldiers who lose legs in combat and civilian victims of certain weapons or injuries may choose to go live with the polis.

Further information: Mark 9:45; Wikipedia:Social model of disability

Out-of-universe


See also

References

  1. Spencer West. "Detected: One Elephant". Redefine Possible, 2012-05-15. Accessed 2013-10-13.
  2. Jorden Weir. "5 People Whose Major Disabilities Only Made Them Stronger". Cracked, 2013-10-13. Accessed 2013-10-13.
  3. E. Reid Ross. "6 Animals That Prove Nature Has a Childish Sense of Humor." Cracked, 2013-03-31. Accessed 2013-03-31.
  4. Sam Blitz. "6 Amazingly Intelligent Animals (That Will Creep You Out)". Cracked, 2011-01-02. Accessed 2014-01-02.
  5. Nick Short. "Born Without Legs: The Standard-Examiner talks to Brooke McArthur about her life." Standard-Examiner, 2011-05-18. Accessed 2013-06-15.
  6. Spencer West. "Gearing Up". Redefine Possible, 2012-06-10. Accessed 2013-10-13.
  7. Compare this image macro by nr-uk: "Only short people need tall hats"
  8. Such linear cities aren't unknown in the real world. See "The 6 Most Insane Cities Ever Planned" by Dwayne Hoover and "History of the Weird Utopia Roadtown" by David Wallechinsky and Irving Wallace.
  9. Cristen Conger. "Do men really have more upper body strength than women?" HowStuffWorks, 2012-12-12. Accessed 2014-12-03.
  10. Cristen Conger. "Do men really have more upper body strength than women?". HowStuffWorks, 2012-11-28. Accessed 2014-10-22. Via "5 Ways Society Is Sexist Against Men (and How We Can Fix It)". Cracked, 2014-10-22. Accessed 2014-10-22.

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