I found this article and video from NPR a while back and though it was super interesting. I recently found it again and thought it would be fun to share. I find it almost baffling that humans can’t walk in a straight line. I feel like that should be a human instinct in order to get us where we need to go in confusing or dangerous situations. On the other hand, it could be helpful in the sense that if we are in a dangerous situation and lost, we will eventually get back to where we began.
I also find it strange that it’s not just with walking. Even in vehicles, humans tend to make the same, swirly, loopy pattern back to the beginning. If you have any thoughts on this, post a comment to let us know!
Also, the video wasn’t working in the article earlier. I’ve attached a YouTube version incase it is still down.