July 16, 2013
July 5, 2013
Hey guys/girls/whatever you identify as. We’ve had fun together, right? Oh that sounds like I’m going to harshly break up with you or something. Forgive. Even though THW hasn’t been around that long, running it has been fun and amusing for the most part. I won’t lie, I seriously stressed over making sure I got something out to you daily for a long while. I’m sure you’ve noticed I haven’t been updating nearly as often as I used to and I’m sorry for it.
The truth of the matter is that running this has gone from fun to something like a chore and, frankly, brain frying. I have been without ideas or inklings of ideas for over two months now. I’ve literally given you guys every bit of useless deducing knowledge I have in me and now I’m spent.
As of right now, I don’t plan to continue updating THW. If someone ever submits to it I’ll certainly add their contribution to our database (that sounds strange) or if they ask a question, I’ll gladly answer to the best of my ability. In no way am I planning to delete the blog. A primary purpose of it was to teach each other little quirks and things so we could act more like Holmes. It would be entirely counterproductive of me to delete the knowledge we’ve gathered here. It’s all still useful to anyone and everyone so it should still be available to them.
There are other blogs out there that do the same thing I have been doing and you’re free to dump THW and move on to them. I wouldn’t blame you in the slightest. You’re also free to hang around if you want. Just please know that I appreciate every one of you for following THW.
July 3, 2013
Smoke Exhalation as an Indicator of Mood
Observe the way people exhale their cigarette smoke. Whether they blow it up or downwards is not always but often an indicator of their mood.
A smoker who is feeling confident, pleased or superior mostly exhales their smoke in an upward direction. Someone in the opposite frame of mind - secretive or negative - usually blows their smoke downward, sometimes from the corner of the mouth.
This knowledge is especially useful in card games. Even if a smoking player has a poker face on or makes a show of emotion at their hand, the direction they exhale smoke is subconscious and can hint at what they are actually feeling.
Submit is now open so feel free to stick a photo for deduction in there! I’ll attempt to deduce it and everyone else is welcome to reblog it with their own deductions.
July 2, 2013
Friendly reminder that you are welcome to give any suggestions for something you’d like to see on the blog (deductions, topics, etc) and to pop in with a random bit of information you think may be useful as a PD. See a post you think should be on here? Shoot it my way. Think it’d be fun to have myself or others
attempt to deduce about something from a picture? Let me know and I’ll open up the submit. I’m really open to any feedback you may have, be it good or bad.
Don’t worry it does make sense. I wear glasses, that happens a lot of the time.
Oh good, thanks. (I know, it’s so annoying when this happens. No, I’m not being rude I just can’t see you.)
July 1, 2013
I hope that makes sense. I feel like it didn’t but I can’t think of another way to word it.
June 30, 2013
I consider that a man’s brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose. A fool takes in all the lumber of every sort that he comes across, so that the knowledge which might be useful to him gets crowded out, or at best is jumbled up with a lot of other things, so that he has a difficulty in laying his hands upon it. Now the skilful workman is very careful indeed as to what he takes into his brain-attic. He will have nothing but the tools which may help him in doing his work, but of these he has a large assortment, and all in the most perfect order. It is a mistake to think that that little room has elastic walls and can distend to any extent. Depend upon it - there comes a time when for every addition of knowledge you forget something that you knew before. It is of the highest importance, therefore, not to have useless facts elbowing out the useful ones.
"A Study in Scarlet" Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. (via sherlock-holmes—221b)
June 26, 2013
You Can Tell Where Someone Grew Up by Their Handshake
Everyone has a degree of personal space that they maintain, and people from different areas, even if they grew up in the same state or country, may have larger or smaller “bubbles”. A child raised in an apartment with several other siblings will be comfortable standing quite close to other people in a non-intimate situation, and an only child that grew up on a ranch won’t sit next to a stranger when more distant seats are open.
In Western society, someone who steps forward and offers a hand to shake, holding it out by about a foot and a half, is/was a city dweller. If they stand with their feet planted, leaning forward with their arm outstretched, they’ve been raised in a rural area where they’re used to having a greater amount of personal space. A person who grew up in a very remote area (which in this day and age is unlikely, but can happen) may prefer not to shake hands at all, but keep a greater distance from you and wave.
June 25, 2013
The Copper Beeches, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes