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Hand Waving on Rides

Hand Waving on Rides


Every week, the Null dissects the most self-evident studies and pointless papers not to hit the headlines. It's harsh, but funny. This week, Null Editor Hayley Birch enjoys all the fun of the fair.


A £110,000 government report on the behaviour of people on amusement rides has come to a startling conclusion: they like to wave their hands.

The 140-page long document, published by the Health and Safety Executive, reports the most common behaviours of thrill-seekers as “one and two handed waving, turning head/trunk and pointing”.

The eagle-eyed researchers also note a tendency for young children to fidget in their seats as they turn to look at their surroundings, which they put down to curiosity. Similarly underwhelming is the suggestion that having a couple of beers can lead to feelings of dizziness and disorientation following rides that spin vigorously.

And from the bleedin’ obvious to the bleedin’ pointless: the study also points out that a small minority of fairground goers display what it calls “exceptional behaviours” – lying back on carousel horses and stretching limbs out of pirate ships.


Studies of the Bleedin' Obvious is reproduced from the Null's column in the Daily Telegraph.

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