You’re not gonna need those fingers, are you?

December 4, 2008

Bob, since your martial arts skills are well-known, I have a question. I’ve been studying karate for several years, and I’m not sure if my instructor is any good. How can I test myself?

Judging from this photo of karate students, I gather sticking your fingers under a moving motorcycle is one good test.

Gosh! You mean just let it run over my fingers?


Any special kind of motorcycle?

I don’t think so. You could probably use a car instead, but I’d draw the line at a big truck.

Jeez, that sounds harsh! So then what should I be looking for?

After the cycle has run over your knuckles a few times, try using your fingers to text-message for medical aid. If you feel great discomfort, maybe you weren’t ready for the test.

Well then that sounds like really, really stupid advice!

What advice?

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High school students have their hands run over by a motorcycle during a demonstration of their karate skills at an annual sports day in Hyderabad, India, November 22, 2008. REUTERS/ Krishnendu Halder

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This is what naughty students get for not behaving in Hyderabad. Since there’s so many of them, rapping across the knuckles is just not feasible for scale-related issues (the ruler would have to be too big to do them all at the same time). Hence the motorcycle.

Posted by M | Report as abusive

“I can jump my motorcycle over 8 peoples hands.”

“Here I go!”

“Oh, no good. I try again.”

Posted by JL | Report as abusive

Wow, this demonstrates karate skills so much better than…I don’t know…breaking a board, or kicking someone’s butt…

Posted by K | Report as abusive

Still, you’d expect a nun to be aboard the motorcycle!

Posted by gwmc | Report as abusive

gwmc: or a politician. They made a movie about that ya know. It’s called, I think, Cheesy Rider.

Posted by Dr. Doll | Report as abusive

Or maybe a minister. Then we could call him a holy roller. In any event, this exercise is, hands down, the strangest karate exhibition I have ever seen.

Did you know that in my youth I studied to be a minister? They threw me out of the seminary when they caught me shooting craps. They told me that the school was not for holy rollers.

I also studied to be a dentist, but back then my last name was Scarey, and I didn’t think people would go to see a dentist named “Dr. Scarey.”

Then, I thought “I’ll be a criminal lawyer.” But I only finished half my education — the criminal part.

Posted by Dr. Doll | Report as abusive

Did I hear correctly? Some guy in Hyderabad has invented the worlds first Digital motorbike?

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Hamal couldn’t tank his students nearly enough.

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I remember when “What’s your sign?” was all you needed to break the ice.

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