Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Hillary Slips and Falls Again

OMAN Jan 12, 2011.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton takes a tumble as she departs from Yemen.

Clinton fell as she boarded the plane Tuesday. The former first lady appeared to have a problem climbing  the stairway and then stumbles and falls as soon as she entered the aircraft. This might be due to her low center of gravity and extremely small feet, causing her to lose balance easily.

Clinton's trip to Yemen was aimed at helping it's government resolve internal conflicts and make progress in the joint fight against resurgent Al-Qaeda wing.

The Secretary of State has had this problem before and it is widely speculated that her frequent falls are due to her body shape. Around a year and a half ago she broke her elbow when she stumbled and fell while rushing to a State Department meeting.

People with her body type have difficulty moving quickly and gracefully. The problem is caused by having a low center of gravity resting on very small feet. This causes instability, and makes a person more prone to tipping over.

Legendary fairy tale character Humpty Dumpty had exactly the same problem Hillary does.

Hillary's problem is further compounded by her lack of ankles, which limit her foot dexterity. Simply put, she cannot swivel and turn quickly because she has no ankle joints. The medical term for this problem is called "cankles."

Without the ability to move her feet quickly, she will sometimes stumble and fall in situations where people with normal ankles can quickly maneuver to safety.

Cankles are "the area in affected female legs where the calf meets the foot in an abrupt, nontapering terminus; medical cause: adipose tissue surrounding the soleus tendon, probably congenital, worsened by weight gain and improved in appearance only by boots."

The term "cankle" was derived from the English word "calf" meaning wide portion of the lower leg, and the word "ankle" meaning slender joint of leg with foot.

There is no cure for this problem, the afflicted person must just be very cautious when trying to move quickly or balance themselves. 

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