What percentage of people can wiggle their ears?
December 4, 2006 12:38 AM Subscribe
Ear wiggling/waggling: what percentage of people can visibly move their ears by voluntary exertion of their auricular muscles? I am especially interested in the results of medical / biological surveys on this question, if there have been any. I have read that 'Spanish men are twice as likely to wiggle their ears (20 percent) as are women,' but don't know the source or trustworthiness of this statistic, or if the Spanish are exceptional in this regard.
posted by misteraitch to Science & Nature (22 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I am an unilateral waggler (left side only), so would also be interested to know the relative commonness of single-ear & double-ear waggling. Apparently, people who can raise one eyebrow and wiggle an ear tend to do so on the same side of their faces: have any other such correlations been determined? I understand that ear-waggling is an ability that can be learned, and that in theory everyone is capable of it, I just was curious to know how prevalent it is in the untrained population at large.