221B methodology #6


  • People who recently started wearing a new jewel usually touch it (and adjust it) a lot. The same goes for recently removed jewels.
  • Dark rings under the eyes and no other signs of lack of sleep may indicate the person has allergies which have been troubling them lately.
  • The letter E is the most used one in the English language. When cracking a secret code, the one symbol that appears the most is most likely an E.
  • People who were in marching bands for a long time usually start walking with their left foot when they hear music playing.
  • Nail biting can be an indication of low esteem or self-destructive tendencies.
  • A pianist’s hands have well-developed muscles and the middle finger tends to curve towards the ring finger.
  • When looking at a person’s handwriting, you can tell how much they like being noticed. Large, bold handwriting indicates that the person enjoys being the center of attention, while small handwriting indicates a desire to be unnoticed. Medium sized handwriting can indicate that they prefer to just “fit in”.
  • A person is more likely to be actually listening to you if their eyes are roaming about your face, or even watching hand gestures, and not staring into your eyes or at one feature the entire time.
  • Just because a person doesn’t look tired, it doesn’t mean they aren’t. Losing trains of thought, being unable to articulate what they mean to say, staring off into space, or a general lack of interest in things all strongly indicates that the person has not had enough sleep. So the next question is, what were they doing last night to prevent sleep?
  • There are a few ways you can tell if someone has had martial arts training in the past: 1st: if you can see them walk around barefoot they will walk more on the blades (outsides) of their feet (heel-blade-toes); 2nd: the way they move their hands when they are talking – martial artists have thumbs slightly tucked in towards the palm, the fingers are never really straight and will have a slight bend in the middle knuckles; 3rd: depending on how dedicated they were, the outside or ridge of their hands and their proximal phalanges on their index and middle fingers (base knuckles) could be slightly calloused from repetitive striking of objects.

Disclaimer: These are taken from the “A Guide to Deduction” numbered pictures that can be found on Tumblr.

– Snowanna of 221B

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