Graveyard Shift Unsettling Double-Jointed Abilities That Will Make You Sick To Your Stomach  

Mick Jacobs
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When you were young, you probably first learned of double-jointedness when a sibling or a classmate showed you the insane way they could twist their fingers. As you grew older, you realized double-jointed people can achieve all sorts of theoretically impossible body contortions, and that shocking double-jointed photos depict more than just bendy hands and feet. 

People with hypermobility — the condition that makes double-jointedness possible — don't actually possess double joints; hypermobility syndrome works by allowing a person to extend a bone to its fullest extent without feeling any discomfort. The extra collagen present in a double-jointed person's limbs grants them great flexibility, not to mention a bend and snap that's better than Elle Woods's best.

Though the trait is uncommon, double-jointedness surprisingly does not fall into the category of recessive genes, meaning that people with double-jointed parents are more likely to inherit the trait. According to research, side effects of hypermobility syndrome include increased risk for anxiety, IBS, and asthma, so being a human ragdoll isn't always a blessing. Thankfully, many double-jointed people (and at least one dog) have learned to make the most of their circus talents. 

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Getting A Grip

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A Real Backhand

A Real Backhand is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Unsettling Double-Jointed Abilities That Will Make You Sick To Your Stomach
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Showing Off Your Other Side

Showing Off Your Other Side is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Unsettling Double-Jointed Abilities That Will Make You Sick To Your Stomach
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Oh, You Still Have Dreams Of Joining The Circus?

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Photo: Hussein Yoga/Wikimedia Commons/Creative Commons
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