r/mildlyinteresting 9d ago

I (17M) have abnormally long arms 5’9 with a 6’6 wingspan

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u/xThe_Human_Fishx 9d ago

I don't mean to sound rude but I'm pretty sure I made you in my WWE 2k19 game

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u/NupSuckle 9d ago

I’m pretty sure I made myself in NBA 2k too lmao

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u/Fuckitwebull777 8d ago

I’ve seen you running around on Ark

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u/NupSuckle 8d ago

Shhh don’t blow my cover

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u/Only-Guidance1678 8d ago

You will be one hell of a boxer

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u/Protopunkz 8d ago

Or swimmer

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u/AssCrackage 8d ago

Or hockey goalie

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u/handsomejack11 8d ago

Or salad bar attendant. Don't even need to circle the entire bar.

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u/Sinarch 8d ago

You must be so good at that game where you tap someone on the shoulder and make them think it was someone else.

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u/NupSuckle 8d ago

I owned the halls in Middle School

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u/PrizeStrawberryOil 8d ago

Unfortunately if you wear a skirt it has to be ankle length.

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u/AlekBalderdash 8d ago

A girl at my school had arms shorter than her torso.

That rule got updated.

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u/Moist-Knowledge01 8d ago

I don’t get it. Is there a rule that girls’ skirts have to be as long as their arm?

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u/john1rb 8d ago

Fingertip length

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u/thecheat420 8d ago

The general rule in American schools without uniforms is that girls shorts have to at least reach past their fingertips when their arms are at their sides.

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u/evinc 8d ago

Yes, it's the go-to dress code rule in many U.S. schools.

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u/djnews12 9d ago

Get into competitive swimming

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u/NupSuckle 9d ago

I used to love swimming when I was younger!

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u/benjancewicz 9d ago

They’re right. Do this.

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u/AimeeSantiago 8d ago

Yes. Go back into swimming or water polo. Great sports for your body type and they aren't as physically damaging as other sports. Your joints will thank you in 50 years.

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u/remimorin 9d ago

If I remember correctly Michael Phelps is like that.

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u/KingNewbie 9d ago edited 9d ago

Michael Phelps is 6’4” with a 6’7” wingspan. OP has a greater advantage if he bulks up his upper body.

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u/KickballJesus 9d ago

Phelps also has the torso of someone 6'8 and the legs of someone 5'9. Short legs create less drag.

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u/columnq 8d ago

So what you're suggesting is we saw off OPs legs and voilà olympic gold medalist? Could even go for the double in the paralympics.

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u/philosiraptor 9d ago

My husband is 6’3” with a 6’10.5” wingspan, and I think maybe he should have been a little more serious about sports now.

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u/StraightBumSauce 8d ago

If he plays pick up basketball at all then he must be a massive headache for the other team

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u/Shamrockah 9d ago

Embrace it and embrace others all at once. 👐

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u/NupSuckle 9d ago

👋————————-😃—————————🤚

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u/Shamrockah 9d ago

Hahaha, well played, thanks for the hug from wherever you are located. 😃👍

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u/23x3 8d ago

Ever since he figure out that he could stick out his arms and spin really really quickly, his location remains unknown.

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u/IKeyf 8d ago

You a cool dude 😎 👍

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u/NupSuckle 8d ago

Thank you , you’re pretty great yourself :)

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u/De5perad0 9d ago

Can I get in on this hug? There should be plenty of space right?

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u/NupSuckle 9d ago

Absolutely 🖐———[you}——😌————————🤚

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u/coffeetime825 8d ago

Ooohh I'll take the other side please!

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u/pockrasta 8d ago

Ofcourse 🖐———[De5perad0]—😌——[coffeetime825]—🤚

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u/anxiousanteater17 8d ago

Chidi?

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u/NupSuckle 8d ago

Life hasn’t been quite the same ever since I saw the Time Knife

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u/efitz11 8d ago

Yeah yeah, the time knife, we've all seen it

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u/Charlie_Brodie 8d ago

You could be a surprisingly jacked moral philosophy professor

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u/Danc1ng0nmy0wn 8d ago

Chidi couldn't decide which exercise to do, so he did all of them.

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u/Codge12 9d ago

Start boxing 👍🏻

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u/NupSuckle 9d ago

I’ve been wanting to get into boxing for awhile now , gyms are kind of expensive in my area though :(

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u/Wetstocks 9d ago

Show the coach your arms and tell them to train you as their prodigy

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u/coolcid2112 8d ago

Lol right. This dude could walk into some gyms like, ill get you more customers

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u/GitinGud 8d ago

"Since i started training at Long Bonk, my reach has doubled!"

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u/portmanteaubias 8d ago

Thank you for "Long Bonk"

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u/BestFrenzy 8d ago

For people who live a few streets over from horny jail

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u/smilelikeachow 8d ago

Can't escape the long arm of the Bonk.

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u/maybe_Im_a_dog 8d ago

Idk why but Long Bonk had me in fucking stitches

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u/Mesapholis 8d ago

"Coach, do you wanna catch these hands?"

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u/skippythewonder 8d ago

"I don't think I can afford the postage."

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u/ArmanDoesStuff 8d ago

Man can bitch slap you across state lines.

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u/SansCitizen 8d ago

Oh good, can probably get flat-rate shipping on that, then

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u/[deleted] 9d ago

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u/NupSuckle 9d ago

Hahaha

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u/kiwiinthesheets 8d ago

I hope the acceptable length of your shorts wasn’t determined by your fingertips in grade school

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u/idontlikeyourtone 8d ago

This happened to me multiple times! I would have an almost knee-length pair of shorts but my arms were (and still are) so long that none of my shorts would pass the test. I was sent home a few times and once a teacher made me borrow a classmate's gym pants; they were lulu lemons one size too small so instead of distracting everyone with an inch of exposed thigh I got to distract everyone with very clingy pants over my butt.

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u/RubberFroggie 8d ago

And I have short arms and a longer torso so I was able to wear mini skirts and short shorts all through school if I chose. My finger tips barely go past my ass, that rule was so dumb.

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u/zapper83 8d ago

I'm gonna sound like an ass but please research about the problems boxers have later in life. Although, with long ass arms like that you're probably gonna beat the shit out of the opponents before they land a single jab on ya.

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u/Princes_Slayer 8d ago

All I’m picturing is OP putting his hand on his opponents head to keep him at arms length while opponent just flails his arms around wildly

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u/RandyDinglefart 8d ago

What? I wear boxers every day and never have any problems.

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u/Hazardbeard 9d ago

Start a gofundme. If you’re under 30 and have no health problems I’m not kidding, you could genuinely be a terrifying boxer.

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u/Snaeblooc 8d ago

Honestly how much is it for 2 years of boxing gym membership? You could meet that goal with reddit's help for sure. I'd pay 10 bucks just to see the look on the other guys face in your first match

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u/Lanthemandragoran 8d ago

Same. 100%. This is the sort of shit I love giving money to lol.

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u/Hazardbeard 8d ago

I don’t know what it is elsewhere but I’d say $60 a month is something you could find around here in a Midwestern suburb. Let’s call it $100 and you’re only looking at $2400 for two years, which if you’re a quick learner is plenty of time to be actively competing. Hell even if it was $200 a month, look how many upvotes he got, it’s attainable.

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u/roadrunnuh 9d ago

Absolutely no joke.

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u/Mr_RobotNick 8d ago

Heck I wouldnt mind paying for your lessons and you turn pro, and you throw a fight here and there to return the favor.

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u/MDer118 8d ago

Just think how far he could throw a fight with those arms.

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u/Gonzostewie 9d ago

Quick tips: Elbows in. Hands held just below your eyes (the ones you don't see coming hurt the most). Bring em back as fast as you throw em. All power comes from the hips. Straight punches win fights. Keep the fist loose until just before impact & snap it closed. Footwork footwork footwork.

I would make you a champion, son.

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u/NupSuckle 9d ago

Thanks Coach :)

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u/Gonzostewie 9d ago

Burgess Meredith voice I'll have ya eating lightning and crapping thunder.

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u/RearEchelon 8d ago

Dean Venture voice Looks more like he's gonna eat eggs and crap... eggs.

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u/Mystery-G 8d ago

Brock Samson voice Did you spit in this

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u/sartreofthesuburbs 9d ago

Can I get an "Adrian!!"

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u/NupSuckle 9d ago

Haha Rocky 4 is one of my favorite movies ever

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u/QueefChiefKeith 9d ago

I was gonna get training but after reading that what's the point?? :P

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u/TheGhostofJimBridger 9d ago

...or start climbing.

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u/lurking_bishop 8d ago

No brain damage too for what that's worth

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u/Jerbergeron 8d ago

I mean there could be, it's just either none or all of it.

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u/imregrettingthis 9d ago

Show them your arms and ask to be trained for free.

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u/JohnnySmallHands 8d ago

Great to train, not great to train hard/compete.

Before you get into it make sure you're aware of how it affects you in the future. Getting hit in the head multiple times a day is not good for you in any capacity.

If you're just doing it casually though and not sparring often or hard then it's great. One of the best workouts out there.

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u/johntwoods 9d ago

You could jab from your corner. Amazing.

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u/holy_crap1 8d ago

He should start climbing, I would kill for an extra foot of reach despite being 5’9”

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u/outofband 8d ago

Or climbing

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u/greenit_elvis 8d ago

This. OP has an insane gorilla index of 1.13

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u/chickenstalker 8d ago

No. Be a pickpocket.

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u/jdubz2017 9d ago

Those arms could knock so many guys out! Gyms are expensive but it could be worth it. My friend owns an MMA spot and they often times help people out if they’re serious.

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u/mayayahee 8d ago

Or climbing or bouldering!

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u/poiluparadis 9d ago

Could be the Phelps of boxing.

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u/oidoglr 9d ago

I was thinking he should pursue swimming like Michael Phelps.

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u/gujiasi 8d ago

My first thought, I bet you could have a mad butterfly with that.

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u/CelestialDrive 8d ago

But the obvious drawback of that would be that you're swimming butterfly.

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u/Anon_E_Mice 9d ago

Or join the Police….and really be the long arm of the law.

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u/bobtheblob6 8d ago

"Son did you become a cop just to make that joke?"

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u/dick-nipples 9d ago

Very cool. Thanks for reaching out to us about it.

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u/23andrewb 8d ago

Mans don't need even need a TV remote

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u/derpderpnerdkid 8d ago

Homie can reach the top shelf, from the other room! Call me jealous.

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u/NupSuckle 9d ago

My pleasure ;)

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u/HAL-Over-9001 8d ago

I'm 5'11.5" with a 6'7.5" wingspan, it's pretty great lol. Long arm gang rise up!

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u/hoch_ 8d ago

Yup, 6'1" with 6'10" wingspan. Great for reaching things high up. Doctor thought I had marfan's when I was a kid, turns out I just have arms.

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u/bumjiggy 9d ago

yea that was a stretch

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u/Odd-Road 9d ago

Hands down the most obvious comment.

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u/Somnioblivio 8d ago

thanks for such a wholesome comment /u/dick-nipples.

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u/CubbyBear1994 9d ago

You can slap the shit outta ANYBODY haha superpower man

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u/muffpatty 9d ago

You think you're at a safe distance and then that hand, obscured overhead in the midday glare, smacks down from the heavens with the power of a thousand Suns.

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u/Timmytanks40 8d ago

ONNNEEEE SLLLAAAPPPPPP!!!!!!

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u/QUIBICUS 9d ago

Awesome. You need to get custom tailored paints that go up higher. And then get suspenders. All legs and arms baby!!

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u/NupSuckle 9d ago

Heck yeah , I recently just bought some Captain America suspenders haha

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u/Jak_n_Dax 8d ago

Like ‘legs-go-all-the-way-up Griffin’?

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u/DocDBagg 8d ago

If I didn’t know better I’d think you’re trying to Urkle-fy this gentleman.

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u/RJPeaches 9d ago

If you run fast enough and flap your arms you might be able to fly.

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u/wishIknewwho 8d ago

The real athletic suggestion here

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u/chillresponsibly 9d ago

You’re about to grow into your arms

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u/NupSuckle 9d ago

I hope so

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u/chillresponsibly 9d ago

Can’t beat that smile tho bro. Love the energy

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u/NupSuckle 9d ago

Awh , thank you that means a lot :)

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u/hankbaumbachjr 8d ago

My uncle makes fake limbs for people and the way they figure out how tall someone's legs should be is by measuring their wingspan as most people have a relatively similar wingspan to height ratio.

There are some NBA players who have longer wingspans than height, but not by a foot, more like 3-4 inches.

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u/clairebear071700 8d ago

I was going to say the same. My brothers and my son did the same thing, their arms would get super long and then over the summer they’d shoot up over 6’ tall. If not, you’re beautiful anyway

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u/ThisManDoesTheReddit 9d ago

Start deadlifting man! You'll kill it!

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u/ATG_19 9d ago

Deadlift numbers would be ridiculous.

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u/Heallun123 8d ago

Could you fucking imagine this lad doing sumo. He could lock out without picking up the bar.

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u/TravisJungroth 8d ago

It’s just like boxing, except you get three minute rests and no one is punching you.

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u/_off_piste_ 8d ago

Quite the opposite of if he tried bench press. 😂

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u/Eisigesis 8d ago

1!

5 hours later…

And 2!

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u/TheRunnerBean 8d ago

Just posted about deadlifting without reading the comments. Would be potentially insane at it

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u/trawchay 9d ago

I was gonna say this but I thought I should look for a similar comment first! Lol

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u/theseus1234 8d ago

Why would long arms make deadlift easier? Less travel distance for the weight?

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u/ThisManDoesTheReddit 8d ago

Yup that's exactly why, also the inverse will be true for bench press as someone else pointed out. For someone his size (once you get into competitive powerlifting levels this will also generally mean weight class too) he'll have to lift a deadlift for a shorter distance and press a bench press for a longer distance to complete each lift

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u/IrvineRyan 8d ago

I’m 6’1 with over a 6’7” wingspan. I’ve always been super shit at benching ... this explains a lot. Thank you.

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u/NoMoreDependence 8d ago

Yes. Less range of motion overall. Those 5” or 6” of reduced motion is huge and could make for an incredibly strong deadlift number without much extra weight needed

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u/retirement_savings 8d ago

Yep. Imagine someone had arms that go almost all the way to the floor. They wouldn't have to lift much at all to deadlift. Now imagine a t rex with tiny arms: they have way more distance to cover with the barbell to stand upright.

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u/WaywardViolet 9d ago

I see a lot of comments suggesting you start boxing or swimming... I'd like to add fencing. The extra reach would be an advantage, similar to the advantage in boxing.

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u/NupSuckle 9d ago

That sounds like a good idea

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u/Abiknits 9d ago

Less risk of brain trauma too. That's huge!

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u/david_edmeades 9d ago

Epee is fun and takes the most advantage of extra reach. Stab 'em in the toes!

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u/elysiuumm 8d ago

Was just thinking this as well, this guy would have a crazy advantage in epee

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u/TheMarsian 8d ago

I'd like to add gourmet chef... because well I love food.

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u/Iggy45 9d ago

You could be a beast at rock climbing

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u/NupSuckle 9d ago

I’ve rocked climbed before , it’s pretty fun and an absolute killer for you back!

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u/ScHwAnG_ScHwInG 9d ago

This x100. There are people I know who would kill for this. Climbers call it your "ape index" - it's a ratio, but we usually just refer to the amount measured in centimetres that your wingspan is longer than your height, if you're positive it's considered extremely helpful. At 6'6 you'd be +25 which is absolutely outrageous (+6 is considered unusual or advantageous)

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u/Blossomie 8d ago

ape index

return to monke

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u/LiDePa 8d ago

reject humanity!

why become a world class boxer or rock climber when you can be an esports god in gorilla tag?

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u/Ma_glip_glops 8d ago

If you are looking to get into climbing, try bouldering at first. I find it's more friendly for beginners, as there are no ropes or harnesses involved. Plus, it's typically more fast paced and can often be a very social setting.

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u/NupSuckle 8d ago

Thanks for the advice :)

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u/rinkydinkis 8d ago

Swim. Volleyball. Tennis. Go wreck shit with those lumbers.

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u/thxxx1337 9d ago

Do you sorta lift off the ground for a fraction of a second on windy days?

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u/NupSuckle 9d ago

How did you know o_O

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u/eddyxx 9d ago

Thin twomad

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u/NupSuckle 9d ago

Onemad ;)

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u/ahard15 9d ago

Chocolate Rain!

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u/NupSuckle 9d ago

Some stay dry and others feel the pain

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u/ZIGMEGA 8d ago

Chocolate raaaaain…

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u/harrymuana 8d ago

How is this so far down, that's the first thing I was thinking about as well!

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u/introusers1979 8d ago

youre 17?! i'm 20 and i look like an infant compared to you

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u/NupSuckle 8d ago

It’s 99% lighting and angles but thank you haha , I’m sure you look amazing :)

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u/UrbanJunglee 8d ago

A long time ago, when I was a kid, my mom told me that I had long arms for my size (not super long like yours, just an armspan a little bigger than my height.) She showed me a statue of the Buddha (not the fat one, but depictions of Siddhartha Gautama) and started sharing with me what his physical attributes represented. All I remember was long earlobes represented his being a good listener, and his unusually long arms represented his generosity.

When I was finally (late) going through puberty, in addition to measuring my height, I would regularly measure my armspan, hoping that the favorable ratio would continue. Unfortunately I ended up with an arm span slightly less than my height! I was super bummed about this!

All this is to say that while people may be envious of your arms for some reasons, or some may make fun, I bet I'm the first to tell you that I'm jealous of your arms for my perception of your extra closeness to the Buddha!

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u/turtley_different 9d ago edited 8d ago

I wouldn't be surprised if you get a growth spurt and end up a lot nearer 6'6". (No guarantees though)

Olympic talent spotting programs often use wingspan to better forecast height of young-to-mid teens. Eg. World class head start for UK rowers.

I've even seen someone very like you who was age 16 and somewhere in 5'8 to 5'11 with a 6'5+ wingspan, then when I saw him age 18-19 he was a ludicrously tall lad in the 6'4-6'7 range.

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u/burrito_bisen 8d ago

I'm 5'8 and 16, but I have a wingspan of 6'3

don't do that, don't give me hope

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u/InvictaBlade 8d ago

I'm 5'10 with a a wingspan of 6'4

When I was 16, I was 5'10 with a wingspan of 6'4

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u/Afterbirthofjesus 8d ago

My husband is 6'6"....if you grow that much that fast, its going to hurt. A lot.

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u/berticus23 8d ago

I grew 10” my freshman year of HS, can confirm that it didn’t feel good. The stress fracture was the worst part of it but the constantly popping knees was a close 2nd.

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u/stressHCLB 8d ago

First of all, ouch.

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u/wondrwrk_ 9d ago

Bro, you should train MMA.

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u/NupSuckle 9d ago

I wrestle and I’m planning on learning how to box :)

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u/wondrwrk_ 9d ago

Hell yeah. Good luck, brother.

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u/Tru3insanity 9d ago

Super cool but be aware it can be a sign on genetic disease. I believe marfans syndrome presents with an unusually large arm span

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u/Hostileovaries 8d ago

You are correct. /u/Nupsuckle should get checked if they haven't already. Marfans patients tend to have sudden heart issues.

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u/desirewrites 8d ago

Hello. I have Marfan’s. It’s a severity scale. I present with the skeletal symptoms, including long wingspan and widespread joint hypermobility.

So they conclude that my connective tissue is shit, and have ruled out any existing heart conditions. But we know how the aorta balloons with time.

So I’m in a constant state of worry about getting my heart rate over 100bpm and it does spike to 130/140/180 while I’m going yoga sometimes. Deeep breaths and pain checks and I continue. But it’s always there, in the back of my mind. That it COULD happen. Not that it will, but it could, because they don’t bloody well know. It’s a wait and see thing. Manage symptoms as they arise. Change your life to support your condition.

There are worse things to have though.

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u/SocialSuicideSquad 8d ago

Yeah... I'd label your heart exploding out of nowhere an "Issue".

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u/Hostileovaries 8d ago

Just a tiny one /s

But it can also lead to less severe valve malformations which would likely have been caught in routine medical checks, but I know some people aren't able to go to the doctor regularly.

It looks like they're going to get it checked out though

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u/BossLaidee 8d ago

Came here to discuss connective tissue disorder.

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u/ApprehensiveSand 8d ago

It's worth getting checked, but it's not a sure thing if you do just have long arms/legs. I do, but had it confirmed to not be marfans.

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u/Etcetera_and_soforth 8d ago

And EDS! I’m 5’2 with a 5’9 wingspan

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u/CustomerComplaintDep 8d ago

It can also be a sign of NBA potential. He should get checked for that, too.

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u/JDM713 8d ago

slam dunk syndrome: ✔️

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u/Alexsrobin 8d ago

Came here looking for a Marfan syndrome comment. Not disappointed.

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u/me23421 8d ago

Yep, long arms, flexible joints (connective tissue in general), tall are the general symptoms

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u/CheesyChapps 8d ago

I was going to comment this, you’re right! I was tested for Marfan awhile ago but luckily they didn’t find anything.

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u/emleigh2277 8d ago

Aside from being a fantastic cuddler what other super powers do those wings give you?

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u/NupSuckle 8d ago

The ability to always be picked first when I raise my hand , I can scratch my knee while standing which is perfect for mosquito bites , I can literally keep people an arms length away by putting my hand on their forehead , it’s basically a mini cheat in most sports haha , I can carry people a lot easier and there’s tons of other neat stuff :)

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u/southpaw85 8d ago

This the dude reaching out to you about your cars extended warranty

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u/Red__M_M 9d ago

Check out Marfans Syndrome. Not a joke, it could be a life/death issue.

Are you extra flexible? Is your mouth palate extra deep? Are your facial features larger than normal? Is your schlong extra long (I’m not joking)? Are your hands extra large?

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u/NupSuckle 9d ago

Well , I’m near sighted and my hands are almost 9in but I’m not sure I have Marfrans I’ll definitely ask the next time I go to the hospital

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u/EskimoJake 8d ago edited 8d ago

Paediatrician here. I agree Marfan's is a possibility and you should see a doctor sooner than later as eye and heart complications shouldn't go unmonitored. You're very unlikely to die at 30 as another user mentioned but this doesn't mean you shouldn't get checked.

A quick test you can do to support the diagnosis is make a fist with your thumb tucked inside and see if the thumb protrudes beyond your little finger. The second one is to wrap your thumb and little finger aground the opposite wrist and see if they overlap. These would be suggestive if positive but won't rule it out if negative.

Edit: I should say that on the balance of probability you are likely fine and should just get a check up on the next few months is all

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u/lanterncollector 8d ago

My exact thought the second I saw the picture. I saw it once during my cardiology rotation, never again, but it always crosses my mind.

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u/ChrLagardesBoyToy 8d ago

Wait I have all of those. 6‘5, genetically slender, flexible, deep mouth palate, large facial features other than mouth, long schlong, large hands (though not big enough to overlap thumb and little finger around my wrists), positive wing span, very Short sighted, chest doesn’t really go outwards much, flat foot. Fuck. I really don’t wanna stop cardio. Thanks for making that comment, I’ll visit a professional. If I have it I’ll get back to you.

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u/schmabey 9d ago

This was exactly my first thought too

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u/pilotdog68 8d ago edited 8d ago

So, uh, do you need all of these traits to have it? I'm tall, long-limbed (though not nearly as disproportionate as OP), hugely arched palate, crowded teeth, concave chest bone.

But no eyesight problems, no flat feet, no flexible joints .... and no giant schlong

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u/the_moody_beard 8d ago

Dude you need to throw discus. You’d be perfect.

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u/gnex30 9d ago

what about inseam? are your legs relatively long too?

I noticed that Simone Biles seems to have a little bit longer arms for her height and I think she uses that to her advantage in her sport. Ever try gymnastics?

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u/NupSuckle 9d ago

I have no idea how long my pants are , but my sister was a gymnast and sadly I discovered I am NOT flexible at all

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u/mynameajeff69 8d ago

That’s awesome. I’m like 5’6” with a 5 foot wingspan lmfaoo

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