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How to Dominate at Arm Wrestling

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You’ve been challenged to an arm wrestling duel, and the guy has pythons that would make Popeye squirm. But don’t sweat it—as long as you’ve got these tricks up your sleeveless shirt, you’ll still walk away victorious.

1) Get Off On the Right Foot

If you’re a righty, stand with your right foot forward, hugging your right hip against the table. That way, your arm won’t do all the work, and your body strength may give you the extra boost you need.

2) Take the Upper Hand

Leverage is your friend. Get as high a grip as possible on your opponent’s hand. Raise your wrist so that their wrist is lower than yours, which will give you a huge edge.

3) Master the Hook

When the ref yells “Go!” curl your wrist toward your body. This move, known as “the hook,” weakens your opponent by flattening their wrist. Once you’re locked in, pretend you’re trying to reach into your shirt pocket. Pushing for the near corner saps your challenger’s strength while relieving any pressure on your upper arm.

4) Go on a Roll

If you’re scrawny, the hook may not work. Luckily there’s a backup—the “top roll.” Inch your elbow forward and curl your thumb beneath your fingers. Keep your upper arm as close to your upper body as possible. Bend your knees, tuck your hips under the table, and turn your wrist so that your knuckles face your opponent. This applies immense pressure to their pinky finger.

5) Disarm Yourself

If you’re desperate and left handed, pretend to be a righty. Convince your opponent that you both should wrestle with non-dominant hands. (Say that it’s a true test of strength!) Now flex your secret southpaw into the win column.
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It’s important to be a good winner, so once you’ve vanquished your opponent, reward yourself and let him know there are no hard feelings by buying the first round of Dos Equis.

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How to Cross a River Without a Bridge
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Need to cross a roaring river? It’s always best to find a bridge, but if you absolutely must make it to the other side on your own, a few easy steps can keep you high and relatively dry.

1. Scout Around

Invest a little time in finding the best place to make your crossing. Avoid bends in the river, where water whips around the fastest. Once you find a suitable spot, walk downstream a few hundred feet to make sure there aren’t any hazards. It’s always good to know about the pesky 30-foot waterfall around the bend.

2. Don’t Be Narrow-Minded

They look tempting, but narrow crossings can be the most dangerous—they’re often the deepest part of the river. Look for the widest section instead. Keep an eye out for mild ripples—which are safe to cross—and avoid whitecaps, which can be treacherously slippery.

3. Ditch Your Duds

If the water will reach your knees, strip down to your skivvies - your pride isn’t worth getting hypothermia from wet clothes. Even if the river is shallow, remove your socks and put on a second pair of shoes if you have them. If you’re backpacking, unbuckle your front straps so you can quickly slip out of your pack if you fall.

4. Shuffle Up

Face upstream, lean into the current, and move across the river with shuffling sidesteps. You’re less likely to fall while sidestepping since you don’t lift your feet as high. If you’re with a group, link arms. The technique creates more contact points with the streambed and gives everyone a more solid footing.

5. Become a Bump on a Log

If the rapids are too fast, shuffling across may be a bad idea. Look for a log that spans the whole river instead. But don’t walk on it! Wet wood can be dangerously slippery. Instead, straddle the log and scoot along until you reach the other side.

6. Float Away

In situations where the river is deep but the current isn’t very swift, a football or soccer ball can be a handy improvised flotation device. Tether it to your wrist and grab on when you get tired of swimming. Or hug it with one arm as you sidestroke for extra buoyancy.
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Once you make it to the opposite shore, dry off and toast your successful crossing with a round of Dos Equis.

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