Astronaut Jim Lovell was asked if he would go on another spaceflight after an explosion almost killed the crew of Apollo 13 on its way to the Moon. Lovell was about to say yes. Then he saw a hand shoot up from the audience and slowly give the thumbs-down sign. It was his wife, Marilyn. astronomy.com/magazine/ne…
The thumb is not considered a finger ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
The soldiers convicted for firing into a crowd of protestors at the Boston Massacre were branded with M’s on their thumbs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat…
The term β€œGreen Thumb” comes from the fact that algae growing on the outside of earthenware pots will stain a person's thumb (and fingers) if he or she handles enough pots. Hence, a person who is always working with flowerpots has a green thumb almanac.com/fact/can-you-…
In the ancient world, people used a base one handed count to 12 instead of today's standard of 10 on two hands for counting each finger. The thumb was used to point to and count each joint on their fingers where they bend for a total of twelve. It began in Sumer in the 3rd millennium BC. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex…
Today I learned about ulnar dimelia, also know as 'mirror hand,' which is a rare congenital disorder. It is characterized by the absence of the radial ray (including the thumb) and the duplication of the ulna (the bone between the elbow and the pinkie finger). As of 2015, only about 70 cases have been recorded. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uln…
Today I learned about the phrase "If it's black, fight back. If it's brown, lay down". It tells you how to behave if attacked by a bear. Often "If it's white, say goodnight" is added, regarding the dangerousness of polar bears. Though apparently it depends on the situation, it can be used as a rule of thumb. nps.gov/subjects/bears/sa…
If you pinch your thumb and pinky together then flex your wrist, you'll see a muscle (the palmaris longus) pop up in the middle of your wrist -- unless you're in the 14% of people who simply do not have that muscle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pal…
There exists a health problem that affects thumbs due to excessively playing video games. It's call Nintendonitis. cbsnews.com/news/nintendo…
To avoid being conscripted by the Roman Army, some men would cut off their thumbs so that they couldn’t wield a sword. By the end of the fourth century, conscription avoidance was so widespread that Emperor Theodosius passed a law that forced the thumb-less to serve. historyextra.com/period/r…
Silent film star Harold Lloyd performed his stunts in the 1923 film Safety Last! effectively one-handed due to losing his right thumb and index finger while holding a bomb for publicity pictures four years earlier en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
A Japanese TV show apparently hired 3 experts in fluid mechanics, engineering, and dentistry to determine the best way to hold a burger. After 4 months of research, they concluded that your pinkie and thumb should be on the bottom, while the remaining fingers should be on top of the burger. kotaku.com/the-perfect-wa…
K9s are trained to sniff for hidden electronic devices like thumb drives, HDDs, phones and laptops. nextgov.com/cybersecurity…
Today I learned that the sound of snapping fingers isn't generated from the friction between the middle finger and the thumb, it acctually comes from your middle finger hitting the palm of your hand at a high speed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fin…
Sigmund Freud attempted to help his friend Fleischl-Marxow, who had become addicted to morphine and heroin due to chronic pain caused by having his thumb removed, by prescribing him medical cocaine. His friend became addicted to cocaine as well and continued to use morphine until his death at 45 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ern…
, the Pygmy Marmoset is the smallest of all monkey species and does not have opposable thumbs or prehensile tails www2.palomar.edu/anthro/p…
Not to pinch and pull a honey bee sting out, because it releases all the venom; instead, drag it with your thumb. youtu.be/N1R28Zh6P1A
Blocking the human air passage with the thumb, then exhaling, activates something called the vagus nerve that's spread throughout the body. This stimulation decreases heart rate and blood pressure, making you feel more relaxed much like when we try to calm our heart rate after exercise. themuse.com/advice/the-we…
The thumbs-up gesture is considered offensive in some parts of the world. stepfeed.com/amp/8-normal…
Actor Dean Winters (30 Rock and Allstate commercials) in June 2009, after contracting a bacterial infection, went into cardiac arrest for over 2 minutes. Paramedics revived him, he was hospitalized in intensive care for 3 weeks, developed gangrene and had 2 toes and half a thumb amputated. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
"A rule of thumb is that if you see the tsunami, it is too late to outrun it. Even small tsunamis (for example, 6 feet in height) are associated with extremely strong currents, capable of knocking someone off their feet," writes United States Geological Survey (USGS). usgs.gov/faqs/what-are-ts…
In 1984, Red Hot Chilli Peppers bassist Flea played so aggressively that he had worn a hole in his thumb, into which someone had to keep pouring crazy glue into. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fle…
Boris Yeltsin lost his left thumb and index finger playing with a grenade in his youth. He would conceal that hand in his pocket or behind his tie because he was self-conscious about it. history.com/topics/russia…
The Suminia was a Therapsid, which existed in the late Permian era, that possessed a divergent first digit. Comparable to an opposable thumb, that was utilized as a grasping tool. This is the earliest discovered animal to have such an evolutionary trait. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sum…
The old rule of thumb serving red wine in room temperature comes from chilly French medieval rooms, where the temperatures ranged between 14Β°C to 16Β°C. stmaurwines.com.au/servin…
There are dogs who are trained to sniff out electronic devices such as HDD, thumb drives and phones, used often in child porn cases. nextgov.com/cybersecurity…
South Sulawesi caves in Indonesia contain paintings from the paleolithic. A hand stencil in the Leang Tempuseng cave was dated to at least 39,900 years old. Some are missing a thumb; it was common practice to cut off a finger when an elder died en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cav…
Far East cultures have a measurement similar to the inch, but slightly longer because it's based on the second segment of the thumb instead of the second segment of the index finger which was the inspiration for the Western inch. Called in China: "cun" or "tsun", Japan: "sun" and Korea: "chon". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cun…
Steve Oedekerk (who worked on movies such as The Nutty Professor and Bruce Almighty) once created six short parody films based on classic movies, where the characters are all replaced by thumbs. These "Thumbmation" shorts included classics like Thumb Wars, Thumbtanic, and The Blair Thumb. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
The ear dagger was a popular weapon of Italian assassins in the 15th and 16th century. It's split pommel allowed the user to press their thumb on the end and maintain control, the split looked like ears granting the name. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ear…
The 1% rule is a rule of thumb pertaining to participation in an internet community, stating that if you get a group of 100 people online then one will create content, 10 will "interact" with it (commenting or offering improvements) and the other 89 will just view it. theguardian.com/technolog…
If you're kidnapped and given the choice of which finger will be removed, the pinky should be your last choice. Your thumb and pinky are the two most opposable digits and form the basis of your grip. The index finger of your non-dominant hand is the best choice. businessinsider.com.au/if…
There are 'porn sniffing dogs' that are trained to find hidden thumb drives, hard drives and SD cards for child pornography cases. One such dog was used to help bring down Jared Fogle. news3lv.com/news/local/we…
Baby elephants suck their trunks just like how babies suck their thumbs mnn.com/earth-matters/ani…
The '1% Rule' is a rule of thumb which states that only 1% of users actively create new content. The other 99% only lurk. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1%2…
Pinching your fourth finger and thumb together and flexing your wrist will show you if you have the Palmaris Longus Muscle. 14% of the population have evolved to no longer have this muscle which was inherited from our primate ancestors for grip strength before their thumbs were fully developed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pal…
A "thumbs up" is equivalent to the "middle finger" in many parts of the world πŸ‘ web.mit.edu/eddietwo/src/…
In 2017 a Qatar Airways plane had to make an emergency landing after a woman used her sleeping husband's thumb to unlock his phone and discovered he was cheating on her. theguardian.com/world/201…
Pandas have opposable thumbs. resilience.org/stories/20…
Many animals have opposite thumbs, other than humans. Even some dinosaurs! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thu…
Most people (99%) have a strong preference in the way they clasp their hands, some preferred the left thumb on top and others the right thumb on top. If you attempt it the opposite way as what you're use to, it feels unnatural and out the ordinary. udel.edu/~mcdonald/mythha…
Today I learned of HitchBOT, a robot designed to rely on humans to get from place to place. It successfully hitched rides across Canada and Germany before attempting to thumb its way from Boston to San Francisco. The experiment ended in Philadelphia when vandals left HitchBOT decapitated on a street corner. latimes.com/business/tech…
The American Red Cross first official disaster relief operation was Michigan's 1881 Thumb Fire. Which killed 282 and burned over a million acres. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thu…
The rule of thumb β€œhalf your age plus seven” was in earlier sources understood as a formula to calculate the ideal age for the bride, instead of a lower limit for the suitable age. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age…
Baby elephants suck their trunks for comfort just like human babies suck their thumb mnn.com/earth-matters/ani…
Mongols under the rule of Genghis Khan pulled the bowstrings of their bows back with their thumb instead of using a "Mediterranean draw" with three fingers, so to protect their thumbs, the Mongols invented a "thumb ring" core77.com/posts/27215/a-…
Dorothea Lange’s iconic photograph: "Migrant Mother" was, not only, staged but ALSO retouched to remove a thumb that was a "distraction" diyphotography.net/how-th…
Today I Learned cats can have thumbs. When they do they have a mutation called polydactylism. vetstreet.com/our-pet-exp…
Six-toed cats are so common in Boston that people refer to them as "Boston Thumb Cats". pets.thenest.com/call-cat…
You can count to 12 on one hand by using your thumb to count the bones of each finger. This might explain the base 12 and base 60 number systems we use for telling time and measuring angles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex…
Not all bats live in caves. These thumb-sized Honduran White Bats sleep in leaves in the rainforest. They are polygamous. Each leaf-tent houses a single male and his harem of up to six females. animalspot.net/honduran-w…
Allstate's "Mr. Mayhem" Dean Winters has survived 17 surgeries and 9 amputations, including his nose and thumb, and also died for 2.5 minutes en route to the hospital. mademan.com/battle-creeks…
Today I learned of Lisa Bufano who, after losing both legs below the knee and all fingers and thumbs due to a Staph infection at 21, became a performance artists and dancer en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Baby elephants usually suck their own trunks to calm themselves. That is almost similar to human babies who also tend to suck their own thumbs. mnn.com/earth-matters/ani…
People can count to 12 using only one hand, with the thumb pointing to each finger bone on the four fingers in turn en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex…
Russia gave the thumbs up for Germany to invade Poland, and they would then divide the country between them, sparking WW2. history.com/this-day-in-h…
Today I learned of The Architect of Sleep a Scifi/fantasy novel about an alternate earth where raccoons developed opposable thumbs instead of apes. It was intended to be a trilogy.But, furries became obsessed with it, causing the author to refuse to finish it. en.wikifur.com/wiki/The_A…
Steve Oedekerk created five parody movies where the main characters are thumbs, including β€˜Thumbtanic’, β€˜Blair thumb’ and β€˜Thumb Wars’ youtu.be/XQduN315etk
The Mongols pulled their bowstrings back with their thumb. To prevent damage to their thumbs they created thumb rings. core77.com/blog/object_cu…
MΓΆtley CrΓΌe’s rider includes a jar of Grey Poupon mustard. Once, in 1988, frontman Vince Neil found the 'wrong' brand of mustard backstage, lost his temper and threw the bottle at the wall. It bounced back and severed an artery in his thumb. noisey.vice.com/en_us/art…
About 85% of humans have a vestigial muscle called the Palmaris Longus muscle, which can be seen by touching the pads of the fourth finger and thumb and flexing the wrist. The tendon of the muscle, if present, will be visible in the midline of the anterior wrist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pal…
Muppet performers are supposed to create lip sync by moving the lower "jaw" with their thumb, not by flapping their entire hand open and closed youtube.com/watch?v=2pVHO…
After a man was hit by a subway train it was found that β€œThe burns on the head of the penis and on the thumb and forefinger were obviously electrical burns … The stream of urine had come into contact with the 600 volts of the third rail" straightdope.com/columns/…
When Bill Gates bought his engagement ring from Warren Buffett’s Jewelry store, he ignored Buffett’s unsolicited advice that as a rule of thumb you should spend 6% of your net worth on such an item. robertpmiles.com/buffetge…
Legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt received first- and second-degree burns on his left hand when he was 18 and was told he would never be able to play guitar again, but by sheer will he taught himself to play using only his thumb, index and middle finger. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dja…
The proper way to eat caviar is off the back of your hand, between your index finger and thumb. The reasoning is to avoid passing along bacteria by the palm of the hand, and to avoid unwanted flavor coming from a spoon. huffingtonpost.com/entry/…
Charles Stratton AKA General Tom Thumb was a diminutive relation who worked for PT Barnum, and became an internationally acclaimed stage performer. He is credited with changing the perception of β€œfreak shows”, which were previously seen as base work, and they soon after became highly popular. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
Surgeons can transplant toes onto hands in order to replace missing fingers and thumbs. theatlantic.com/health/ar…
The Asian Giant Hornet is the size of your thumb, and stings with flesh dissolving acid that alerts other wasps to sting you until you die. scienceblogs.com/zooillog…
Experts believe the thumbs up/down gesture is misused in depictions of ancient Roman gladiatorial combat. The thumbs up gesture would indicate that a fighter is to be killed, while a closed fist with the thumb pressed down on top meant he was to be spared. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thu…
A baby elephant will suck it's trunk like a baby sucks it's thumb for comfort. jumbofoundation.com/facts…
German children are taught the dangers of misbehavior through traumatic stories. These include a child having his thumbs cut off for thumbsucking and a girl who burns to death for playing with matches wikipedia.org/wiki/Struww…
The British East India Company arrested hundreds of local weavers and had their thumbs chopped off in order to destroy Begal's weaving industry in 1834. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mah…
An estimated 1/10 adults never kick their childhood habit of sucking their thumb, and continue to do it in secrecy. odditycentral.com/news/th…
The sound made when snapping your fingers is the sound of your middle finger slapping your palm and not the sound of your middle finger and thumb quickly rubbing past one another. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fin…
Surgeons hold scissors with their thumb and ring fingers. wikisurgery.com/index.php…
There is a hornet the size of your thumb that stings you with flesh dissolving acid that also acts as a pheromone to alert the other hornets to sting you untill you die worsleyschool.net/science…
In 1992 Microsoft had to refute accusations of antisemitism when it was found in the most recent version of the wingdings font that the character sequence "NYC" was rendered as a skull and crossbones symbol, Star of David, and thumbs up gesture en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Win…
Heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio, late vocalist of Black Sabbath, Rainbow, and Dio, lost the tip of his thumb to a garden gnome. It was then surgically re-attached. ronniejamesdiosite.com/Ne…
There was a rugby player famous for slipping his thumb into peoples bumholes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
A thumbs up in Iran, Greece and Sardinia is comparable to giving someone the middle finger. alsintl.com/blog/interpre…
, the sound that comes from snapping your fingers comes from your finger hitting your palm, not from the friction of the thumb and finger snapping. scienceworld.ca/how-do-yo…
A yard was originally measured as the distance from an English king's nose to the end of his thumb. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yar…
It's possible to replace a lost thumb with a toe, and that the first successful toe-to-thumb transplant was performed in 1964, on a rhesus monkey (first human was 1972) cpmc.org/advanced/microsu…
Despite being considered one of the worst film sequels ever made, Speed 2: Cruise Control received Two Thumbs Up from Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spe…
The scene from Inglorious Basterds with "3 glasses" is based in reality. Americans count on their fingers starting with the index fingers, whilst Western Europeans start with the thumb businessinsider.com.au/or…
John Garnet Carter (Feb. 9, 1883, in Sweetwater, Tennessee – July 21, 1954) was an American inventor and entrepreneur who is considered as one of the fathers of miniature golf. In 1927, Carter was the first to patent a version of the game which he called "Tom Thumb Golf". revolvy.com/page/Garnet-C…
The modern popularization of thumbs up signal came from a Chinese gesture for "you're number one" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thu…
There is more than one 'razor' and Razors are a term in philosphy meaning rule of thumb. The most common is the Occam razor. The others are Grice, Hanlon, Hume, Hitchen's and Alder's razors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raz…
When you give a thumbs up, the divot at the base of your thumb and wrist is called a "snuff box" ( this is actually the medical term) en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/A…
Europeans use their thumb, index, and middle fingers to express the number 3 while in North America and the UK they use their index, middle, and ring fingers. businessinsider.com/order…
Similar to how a baby human sucks on its thumb, baby elephants can suck on their own trunks for comfort. guff.com/15-little-known-…
The Stenonychosaurus had a large brain, stereoscopic vision and ~thumbs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
The phrase "rule of thumb" refers to estimating measurements with one's thumb and has nothing to do with the thickness of a stick for beating one's wife freakonomics.com/2011/07/…
Roughly 14% of humans do not have a Palmaris longus muscle in their arm. Presence can be checked by touching pinkie to thumb and flexing the wrist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pal…
The "Rule of Thumb" has nothing to do with wife beating. The term is thought to originate with carpenters who used the width of their thumbs rather than rulers for measuring things. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rul…
Giving the thumbs up in Saudi Arabia means I want to sodomize them with my thumb. cracked.com/article_16335…
A panda paw has six digits, including five fingers and an opposable "pseudo-thumb" worldwildlife.org/blogs/g…
A theory on why we use a dozen as a unit of counting. Fingers! If counting with your thumb, each finger has three digits(the soft spots between the knuckles), you have 4 fingers, so one hand allows someone to count to twelve, using both hands you can count to 144 or 12 dozen! bonappetit.com/trends/art…

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