Another challenge is making rounds on the internet and it is driving people crazy! The #ChairChallenge first went viral on TikTok and now it has spread across other social media platforms. Now, the bizarre thing with this challenge is that girls can do it easily, but most boys can’t, reports Metro UK.
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According to a report by The Sun, the #ChairChallenge involves 1) Standing 3 steps away from a wall, 2) Bending over so that your body is in a perpendicular position with your head touching the wall, 3) Holding a chair and pulling it towards your chest, 4) Standing up holding the chair.
Sound simple? To girls, yes. To boys, apparently no.
Numerous videos on social media show how while girls are able to do the challenge easily, some boys are having trouble getting up while holding the chair and we have no idea why! Have a look:
Had everyone trying the #ChairChallenge @ office today & the gals could all do it, but the guys could not. Not even if they played football at West Point 🧐 Sad. // @CaptainCons pic.twitter.com/rfffNq8tOC
— Kate (@katebarstool) November 19, 2019
— Izzy Sam (@SamTwizzy5) November 20, 2019
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— Carolina Mussín (@carolgmussin) November 29, 2019
— Adrian Arias ◢ ◤ (@adrianagustin) November 28, 2019
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But again, there were some guys who had no trouble getting up. Now here a question – what is this sorcery?!
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— covid Rodríguez (@fracchiafranco) November 28, 2019
— Dallas Braden (@DALLASBRADEN209) November 24, 2019
However, scientists have come up with an explanation addressing why guys cannot do this challenge. US scientist Jeremy Johnson said that a person’s centre of mass has a lot to do with the challenge:
“Interestingly enough, many girls can successfully complete this challenge, while most boys cannot. It’s all about the centre of mass. The centre of mass for most girls is lower to the hips, while the centre of mass in boys is much higher. Therefore, for most girls, the centre of mass while bent over the chair is above their feet, while the centre of mass for most boys is above the chair.”
Professor Brian Ford at Cambridge University said that men’s inability to perform the challenge has to do more with the size of their feet.
“Men have longer feet than women. Two paces back for a man would be some 60cm, for a woman it’s more like 50cm. So to begin with, the man is forced further away from the wall. The man’s larger feet mean he is farther away from the wall than the woman and is thus leaning forward. The woman’s legs are closer to the wall, and are thus leaning back.”
Let’s try this challenge out for ourselves and see if we can do it. Let us know what happens!