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RSS By: Dan Anderson, Farm Journal

As a farm machinery mechanic and writer, Dan brings a hands-on approach that only a pro can muster. Along with his In the Shop blog, Dan writes a column by the same name as well as the Shop Series for Farm Journal magazine. Always providing practical information, he is a master at tackling technical topics and making them easy for all of our readers to understand. He and his wife, Becky, live near Bouton, Iowa.

Dumb, quick question

Feb 25, 2010
 Why do we make faces, grit our teeth, and sometimes growl when we're trying to break loose a frozen bolt or lift a heavy weight?

I've experimented with keeping a straight face, and I don't seem any weaker for the lack of expression. But it "feels" better to scrunch my face, grit my teeth and sometimes growl a bit while I'm twisting, hoisting or prying.

Any grimaces, growls, howls or facial expressions related to slipped wrenches, busted knuckles, or strained back muscles are self-explanatory. But I'd like an explanation for why I make a gargoyle face even when no pain is involved.
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COMMENTS (6 Comments)

Do the same thing running a 300hp tactor when you come to a hard pulling spot. Must add 50 hp just tensing up like that.
10:22 AM Feb 27th
You do this so if the boss is walking by, he can see just how hard you are working to get that bolt loose.
6:06 PM Feb 26th
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