Ears and Thumbs My dad and my friend Preston were always arguing like Spock and Bones in the Star Trek movies... My dad would tell Preston: I can stand on my thumbs. Preston: No you can't! Dad: Wanna bet? They'd bet. My dad would stand up, lean down, and put his thumbs under his foot. Dad: See? I'm standing on my thumbs. Me: "Oh, brother!" * Then later on, Preston would tell my dad. "Did you know I can write with my left ear?" Dad: You're pulling my leg. They'd bet. Preston would get a piece of paper while everybody watched. And then, with the tension so thick in the room that you could cut it with a knife, he'd scribble down onto the paper: "With My Left Ear."