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Slow-motion pandiculation

 •  • by Paul Ingraham
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Beautiful slow-motion kitty pandiculation, added to my stretching article just now. Pandiculation is: “A stretching and stiffening of the trunk and extremities, as when fatigued and drowsy or on waking, often accompanied by yawning.”

Strangely, despite writing about stretching for years, the word “pandiculation” has never appeared on before today. A million words, and not one of them is pandiculation! So there’s another item for the to-do list. (Update years later: I eventually wrote a whole article about pandiculation. See Does Pandiculation “Reset” Muscle Tone? It might, but it’s probably no more profound than resetting your thirst with a glass of water.)

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