Reading what from my palm?


Palm reader on the Tokyo streetsPalm reading is, of course, a load of nonsense based around cold reading, but regardless I felt this recent survey from goo Ranking looking at what lines people don’t want to have on their palms was worth translating just for the names of some of the lines that I suspect might have been made up just for the sake of the survey…


Between the 18th and 21st of December 2009 1,077 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 51.0% of the sample were female, 8.7% in their teens, 15.3% in their twenties, 27.0% in their thirties, 27.8% in their forties, 11.9% in their fifties, and 9.3% aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

I find it quite amusing that the bottom of the list is the pervy line, perhaps there ought to be a follow-up survey on what lines people wish they had. The original Japanese article describes exactly where each line can be found should you really wish to check your own hand.

The photo to the right is used with kind permission from Lee at Tokyo Times. It shows a street palm reader – in the evenings around most major stations you can usually find one or two of them plying their trade. Please click through to the original posting to see the image full size.

Ranking results

Q: Which lines do you hope not have when getting your palm read? (Sample size=1,077)

1Trouble lineIndicates you have a tendency towards financial troubles100
2Divorce lineIndicates you will get divorces84.7
3Spendthrift lineIndicates you have an inability to save money74.3
4Stalker lineIndicates you cannot make a clean break from a past relationship69.0
5Irritation lineIndicates you are always irritated or easily show emotions63.6
6Poor at getting by lineIndicates you are not good at managing your money60.6
7Looking back lineIndicates you may be dissatsified with married life52.6
8KY lineIndicates “kuuki yomenai”, you cannot read the mood and do your own thing52.4
9Tired eyes, headache, stiff shoulder linesIndicates you will find these conditions easily occur51.5
10Dribbles of lingering affection lineIndicates you cannot forget a past incident, love50.0
11Unfaithful lineIndicates you will be unfaithful48.1
122 Chome lineShinjuku 2 Chome is the famous gay area of Tokyo…47.8
13Tottering infant lineIndicates you cannot grow up45.9
14Abnormal lineIndicates you are strange in some way or other39.6
15Affair lineIndicates you love being in love, but get bored with relationships easily38.6
16Likes lineIndicates you are fickle and flighty in relationships with the opposite sex29.7
17Rebellious lineIndicates you hate doing what people say you should26.1
18Otaku lineIndicates you can get monomanically immersed23.7
19Slow maturing lineIndicates you cannot make a clean break, but without the stalking bit from above22.2
20Erotic lineIndicates you are a perv20.7
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1 Comment »

  1. September 8, 2011 @ 03:38

    Like to see my life line.

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