• Twitchy Ears

    April 30th, 2014ImogenUncategorized
    Someone please buy me a donkey

    Donkeys have the best ears

    Do your ears ever jump? Occasionally, when I hear a sudden sound I feel something in my ears twinge. This seems to happen more frequently when the sound might be attention-worthy. I’ve asked several people about this and they all think I’m crazy. Surely I can’t be the only one with involuntary ear innervations?

    I have a theory that this is related to ear wiggling. My Grandpa wiggles his ears as a party trick and my mum can be persuaded to as well. Apparerently 15% of the population has the genes necessary for the little ear twitching muscles and these can be inherited.

    The auriculares muscles are leftover from a time when we needed to move our ears to hone in on particular sounds. When alarmed, it makes sense that your ears should prick up to hear better in the same way that your eyes widen so you can see better.

    My only problem is I can’t twitch my ears on demand. What’s the point of useless evolutionary throwbacks if you can’t use them to entertain yourself? I’m going to practice with the ears, and if that doesn’t work then I’m going to eat some grass and train my appendix.

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