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Candy
2004-Nov-29, 11:45 AM
Man Gets Extra Fingers and Toes Removed (http://dailynews.att.net/cgi-bin/news?e=pri&dt=041129&cat=strange&st=stranged86kk0d o0&src=ap)


For Tirso Furcal, having a sixth finger projecting from one hand and an extra toe on each foot made life in his impoverished country, the Dominican Republic, even more difficult.
Dumb question: I often hear these stories about man having a sixth finger or toe. Could our genetic make-up have originally been that different? For example, the term tail bone suggest to me we used to have a tail. 8-[

Maksutov
2004-Nov-29, 12:03 PM
Man Gets Extra Fingers and Toes Removed (http://dailynews.att.net/cgi-bin/news?e=pri&dt=041129&cat=strange&st=stranged86kk0d o0&src=ap)


For Tirso Furcal, having a sixth finger projecting from one hand and an extra toe on each foot made life in his impoverished country, the Dominican Republic, even more difficult.
Dumb question: I often hear these stories about man having a sixth finger or toe. Could our genetic make-up have originally been that different? For example, the term tail bone suggest to me we used to have a tail. 8-[
We still do. It's called the Coccyx. (http://education.yahoo.com/reference/gray/subjects/subject?id=80)

Candy
2004-Nov-29, 12:08 PM
We still do. It's called the Coccyx. (http://education.yahoo.com/reference/gray/subjects/subject?id=80)
What's a public bone?
4. Those between the two public bones. :-?

Candy
2004-Nov-29, 12:12 PM
Cool link, Maksutov.
Posterior view (http://education.yahoo.com/reference/gray/illustrations/figure?id=320) <-- is this the tail?

frogesque
2004-Nov-29, 12:36 PM
Woowoo alert (http://www.librarising.com/twelve.html)


Twelve Fingers and Toes

Ideally humans should have twelve fingers and twelve toes, one for every planet and sign of the zodiac. Unfortunately two of these planets were destroyed and humanity went backwards in evolution.


#-o

Candy
2004-Nov-29, 12:44 PM
Woowoo alert (http://www.librarising.com/twelve.html)


Twelve Fingers and Toes

Ideally humans should have twelve fingers and twelve toes, one for every planet and sign of the zodiac. Unfortunately two of these planets were destroyed and humanity went backwards in evolution.


#-o

Two out of 1000 babies born today have six fingers and toes, but often the extra appendages, which are often boneless, are severed or surgically removed. The medical term for having six fingers or toes is called hexadactyly.
That's a lot of babies! :o

Maksutov
2004-Nov-29, 12:44 PM
Cool link, Maksutov.
Posterior view (http://education.yahoo.com/reference/gray/illustrations/figure?id=320) <-- is this the tail?
It's obscured by the various ligaments in the illustration.

Here are much better views. (http://education.yahoo.com/reference/gray/subjects/subject?id=24)

Maksutov
2004-Nov-29, 12:48 PM
We still do. It's called the Coccyx. (http://education.yahoo.com/reference/gray/subjects/subject?id=80)
What's a public bone?
4. Those between the two public bones. :-?
That's a boner on the part of the author. The correct term is pubic bones.

Candy
2004-Nov-29, 12:58 PM
We still do. It's called the Coccyx. (http://education.yahoo.com/reference/gray/subjects/subject?id=80)
What's a public bone?
4. Those between the two public bones. :-?
That's a boner on the part of the author. The correct term is pubic bones.
:lol: =D>

Sometimes the coccyx consists of five bones; occasionally the number is reduced to three. Why do I never know these things? #-o

I prefer 5. 8-[

Ut
2004-Nov-29, 02:37 PM
'I do not mean to pry, but you don't by any chance happen to have six fingers on your right hand?'

Moose
2004-Nov-29, 02:41 PM
Nine replies to the first Inigo reference. I'm just not sure if that's quick or slow. :D

Candy
2004-Nov-29, 02:46 PM
'I do not mean to pry, but you don't by any chance happen to have six fingers on your right hand?' I have 5 digits on each hand or foot. :lol:

mid
2004-Nov-29, 03:28 PM
'I do not mean to pry, but you don't by any chance happen to have six fingers on your right hand?'

Do you always begin conversations this way?

Andromeda321
2004-Nov-29, 09:34 PM
As far as I can recall having six fingers is a dominant trait (so if you have one your kids likely are getting one as well). That would explain why "mainly children" have six fingers in the small village the man is from.

hewhocaves
2004-Nov-29, 09:45 PM
I recall going camping with a bunch of my friends. There was this cute girl on the trip and early on in the day she tells me: "John, there's something strange abuot me". She wouldn't say what, only that "I'll find out by night's end."

Of course with that kind of enticement, I paid very close attention all day, but couldn't find anything 'strange'. evening rolls around (calm down, it's not THAT kind of story) and we all get to drinking. Now, with a healthy buzz on at around 10pm, I look down at her rght foot and count.

one, two, three, four, five, six.

I must be drunk.

one, two, three, four, five, six.

okay, I'm drunk. I go to bed, thinking I'm way more wasted than I seemed to be (wasted enough to either forget how to count or start seeing double).

It was only later that I found out that my math skills improve with intoxication. lol

John

mike alexander
2004-Nov-29, 09:51 PM
candy wrote:


What's a public bone?


In some places it can get you arrested.
:-?

Swift
2004-Nov-29, 09:59 PM
candy wrote:


What's a public bone?


In some places it can get you arrested.
:-?
When I was a young child I thought the word was public, because you couldn't show it "in public". I latter learned the word without the L. :oops:

N C More
2004-Nov-29, 10:01 PM
Hmm...The Dept of Public Health advocates caution when using this (http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/safety/bonecement.html) if you happen to damage your Coccyx...A "Public bone" repair warning, if you will! :lol:

Swift
2004-Nov-29, 10:06 PM
I recall going camping with a bunch of my friends. There was this cute girl on the trip and early on in the day she tells me: "John, there's something strange abuot me". She wouldn't say what, only that "I'll find out by night's end."

I thought you were going to say her feet almost, but didn't quite, touch the ground. But then her name would have to be Fenchurch. :wink: