After a long absence, the “Ask a ScienceBlogger” feature has returned on ScienceBlogs, with this question:
Which parts of the human body could you design better?
Since I have a few minutes to babble, I thought I’d answer it, despite my not being an official ScienceBlogger, in the way I’ve been answering it for many, many years. This is an easy one:
We need more arms and hands. Three, at least. Four would be better. Six might do nicely too.
I mean, think about it: You’re milling around at happy hour, or a wedding, or a bar mitzvah, with a glass of wine in one hand, and a plate of food in the other. And you can’t eat the food.
What do you eat it with? Do you just stick your face on the plate? Non, c’est très gauche. Most likely, you try to hold the plate and the wine glass in the same hand, having stuffed your napkin in your pocket, and then you can eat with your other hand if your balance is good and you don't tip the food all over the floor. Assuming you don’t have to cut anything. Or else you put down your glass, and while you’re sampling the wild boar sausage with chipotle rémoulade, someone comes ’round and clears it away. Your wine, I mean. Damn.
Yes, I think four arms would be about the right optimization between function and layout.
Of course, that’d make my whole t-shirt collection obsolete.