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Chinese Thumb Cuff
One thumb in upper other in lower orifice reluctance to switch consensus

“It is only the wisest and the stupidest that cannot change”
Wet your pants and #2 LOW - laughter or weep
“They must often change who would be constant in happiness or wisdom”
Ya gotta change … alas they’re more than gross and only had a gross … that’s gross eh!!
A Chinese finger trap (also known as a Chinese finger puzzle, "Chinese Thumb Cuff", Chinese handcuffs and
similar variants) is a gag toy used to play a practical joke on unsuspecting children and adults. The finger trap is
a simple puzzle that traps the victim's fingers (often the index fingers) in both ends of a small cylinder woven
from bamboo.

The initial reaction of the victim is to pull the fingers outward, but this only tightens the trap.
The way to escape the trap is to push the ends toward the middle, which enlarges the openings and frees the

The tightening is simply a normal behavior of a cylindrical, helically wound braid, usually the common biaxial
braid. Pulling the entire braid lengthens and narrows it. The length is gained by reducing the angle between the
warp and weft threads at their crossing points, but this reduces the radial distance between opposing sides and
hence the overall circumference. The more one pulls, the more the circumference shrinks and the trap tightens.
The same effect is used in specialized textile manufacturing, the Kellems grip (a cable puller for electrical
work), Indonesian woven fruit presses, and by fly-fishers.
Chinese finger trap used to straighten and fix a Bennet's fracture

Chinese finger traps are not intended for use as restraint devices. Strong victims of the prank may break the
bamboo strips when they pull outwards, attempting to free their fingers and stretching the trap beyond its limits.
However, a variation on the Chinese finger trap has uses in orthopedic medicine—namely, providing even
pressure to the patient's digit(s) and at the same time immobilizing the joints—and serves a similar purpose as a
traction device.
Cultural influence

The Chinese finger trap is also a common metaphor for a problem that can be overcome by relaxing, i.e. not
trying too hard to solve it; for example, in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.[1] The gag has been used in a
number of films and television productions, such as the Stan Laurel short Dr. Pyckle and Mr. Pryde (1925)[2]
and the "This Little Wiggy" episode of the American show The Simpsons in 1998

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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

To collapse willing suspension of disbelief
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