With something that’s 20 times faster.
Imagine driving down the highway five miles per hour, and someone passes you going 100 mph. I don’t think anyone would be using that slower car as an example of a speed demon.
So why do people insist on using the phrase “in the blink of an eye” as the default phrase for something that happens quickly, when there is something that the body does much more quickly?
Any guesses what it might be?
- Double-clicking your mouse/keypad?
- Reaching for that last nacho when you see your spouse eyeing it?
- Changing the radio station when a song by Tiny Tim comes on?
No, no, and no.
The fastest human movement is snapping your fingers.
Scientists at Georgia Tech reveal it takes just seven milliseconds to snap your fingers — more than 20 times quicker than the blink of an eye. That makes it the fastest movement overall in the human body.
If you’re wondering why in the world scientists would even bother studying this? The authors say the findings could lead to better prosthetic hands, and more human-like robots.
The snap of a finger was first depicted by Greek pottery makers around 300BC.
And in homage to the finger snap, I’ll end this post here.
Hopefully, you didn’t feel that it took as long as a blink of an eye to read it…