Three people have been killed playing tug of war, fifteen fingers and thumbs have been amputated, and two arms have been severed below the shoulder. Two of those lives and six of those digits were lost by children attempting to get in the Guinness Book of Records en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tug…
Between 14-21% of the population have a genetic variation know as Linburg-Comstock syndrome. This variation inhibits the ability to bend your thumb without also bending your pointer finger. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/2…
A universal hand gesture to ask for help was introduced in Canada and later in the United States in 2020. The signal is performed by holding your hand up with your thumb tucked into your palm, then folding your fingers down, symbolically trapping your thumb in your fingers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sig…
The "Hang Loose" hand signal or "Shaka" is believed to come from beloved Hawaiian community leader Hamana Kalili who lost his three middle fingers in an accident. His 'all clear' wave with his Thumb and Pinky became beloved theinertia.com/surf/every…
Today I learned of the Palmaris Longus Muscle, which around 14% of people do not have. To determine its presence or absence, press the 4th finger and thumb together while flexing the wrist. This causes the tendon (if there is one) to protrude visibly. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pal…
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…
Today I learned of "Thumb Cribs", a metal device with crib-like bars fixed to the roof of a mouth to deter thumb sucking behaviors healthline.com/health/den…
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-…
The thumb is not considered a finger ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
John Garnet Carter, an American inventor and entrepreneur, 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". His course was built on Lookout Mountain in Georgia where Carter owned a hotel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gar…
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…
There exists a health problem that affects thumbs due to excessively playing video games. It's call Nintendonitis. cbsnews.com/news/nintendo…
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…
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…
K9s are trained to sniff for hidden electronic devices like thumb drives, HDDs, phones and laptops. nextgov.com/cybersecurity…
"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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
, the Pygmy Marmoset is the smallest of all monkey species and does not have opposable thumbs or prehensile tails www2.palomar.edu/anthro/p…
The thumbs-up gesture is considered offensive in some parts of the world. stepfeed.com/amp/8-normal…
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
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…
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 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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 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…
Baby elephants suck their trunks for comfort just like human babies suck their thumb mnn.com/earth-matters/ani…
A "thumbs up" is equivalent to the "middle finger" in many parts of the world πŸ‘ web.mit.edu/eddietwo/src/…
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-…
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…
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…
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…

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