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What Shall We Do Now?               31
hands under the back of the head, keeping stiff all the time, is a favourite accomplishment. Another is to bend over and touch the floor with the tips of the fingers without bending the knees. Another is, keeping your feet behind a line, to see who, by stretching along the ground supported on the left hand only, can place a penny with the right hand the farthest distance and get back again to an upright position behind the line without moving the feet or using the right hand for a support. This done, the penny must be recovered in the same way.
Another feat is, keeping your feet together and one arm behind you, to see how far back from the wall it is possible to place your feet (remembering that you have to get into an upright position again) while you lean forward supported by the other hand laid fiat against the wall.
Another is to keep the toes to a line, and kneel down and get up again without using the hands.
Another is to make a bridge of your body from chair to chair, resting the back of your neck on one and your heels on the other. This is done by beginning with three chairs, one under the back, and then when you are rigid enough having the third one removed.
If you hold your hands across your chest in a straight line with the tips of the forefingers pressed together, it will be im­possible for any one else, however strong, to hold by your arms and pull those finger-tips apart.
It is quite safe to stand a person against the wall with his heels touching it, and, laying a shilling on the floor a foot or so in front of him, to say it will be his if he can pick it up without moving his heels from the wall.
Another impossible thing is to stand sideways against the wall with your left cheek, left heel, and left leg touching it, and then raise the right leg.
In this contest two boys are first trussed. Trussing consists of firmly tying wrists and ankles, bringing the elbows down.
Acrobatic impossi­bilities,
The trussed fowls.
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