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Jawboning

aka, mouth wrestling
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The muscles that close the human jaw are very strong. Generally not as strong as an alligator’s, but still quite impressive. The sport of jawboning determines who has the strongest temporalis and masseter muscles.

Jawboning is performed at a table, similar to arm wrestling. A symmetrical scissors-like device is mounted above the table. Each end of the scissors has a rubber bit. Biting down on one bit opens the other. The winner is the person (or beast) who manages to open the other’s mouth one or more times, by closing his own.
ldischler, Feb 19 2005

(?) Training equipment. http://www.vallefud...arge%20Speckled.jpg
[2 fries shy of a happy meal, Feb 19 2005]

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       Ouch. + for the people who talk too much.   

       Mouth verses Arm.
DesertFox, Feb 19 2005
  

       I often wondered if clenching at night (for which I wear a night guard) has given me strong jaws. I challenge anyone reading this to a duel! quick [ld]. make that thing and bring it over.
dentworth, Feb 20 2005
  

       "A symmetrical scissors-like device "   

       With a scissors, both wrestlers could close their mouths at the same time. A symmetrical crowbar-like device would have the effect you want.
robinism, Feb 20 2005
  

       robinism is right. Scissors wouldnt work. You close one end by squeezing the other. Maybe two flat V's attached at the point?
DesertFox, Feb 20 2005
  

       Quite right. It looks like scissors, but isn’t. Both look like >< in the neutral position, except with scissors, the top left is a single member with the bottom right. Here, the top left is a single member with the top right.
ldischler, Feb 20 2005
  

       For some reason, I think of donkeys when I see the title. Must be the thing in the Bible where Samson kills all of those people with the jawbone of a donkey.
DesertFox, Feb 20 2005
  

       Nice one. Actually makes me have a headstart on most people after years of speed- and extacy-use.
Trickytracks, Feb 20 2005
  

       god bless the halfbakery.
benfrost, Feb 20 2005
  

       Trivial fact*
Alligators jaw miscles are extremely powerful in the closing motion but not so the other way round. You could hold an alligators mouth closed with your hand- if only the critters would stay still...
  

       *I don't KNOW this is fact - I just heard it somewhere or maybe on TV...
Jinbish, Feb 22 2005
  

       would you run the risk of dislocating the loser's jaw? bloody hell. "joe?...." "JOE? oh my god.... your MOUTH...."   

       "urg, ngh... o guh..."
Sp@rkp|ug, Feb 22 2005
  

       There was something at snopes.com about two people's arms that got ripped of in a tug-of-war. They even have a picture.
DesertFox, Feb 22 2005
  

       Bite me.
wagster, Feb 22 2005
  

       My old roommate broke his arm while arm-wrestling; I hate to think what could happen in this sort of competition. [-]
brodie, Feb 22 2005
  

       <wildly off-topic> re [ldischler]'s comment above, how about comedy trick-scissors where each half is V- shaped rather than crossing, thus opening when they should close and vice versa <wildly off-topic>
Basepair, Feb 22 2005
  

       this reminds me of my dogs. any two out of three used to play a game where they opened their mouths at each other in an attempt to see who could open the mouth the widest. actually the cat usually wins, she almost turns her head inside out when she yawns.
po, Feb 22 2005
  

       NIce [po]. The question is, do the dogs accept the fact that the cat has won given that currebtly women are not allowed in the Open Championship. Times they are a-changin', though!
gnomethang, Feb 22 2005
  

       what the Jawboning Open? both the female dog and the female cat won hands down.
po, Feb 22 2005
  

       //actually the cat usually wins, she almost turns her head inside out when she yawns.//
I've tried this with my cat, but he always wins.
Plus his teeth look scarier.
brodie, Feb 22 2005
  
      
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