40 Amusing And Interesting Facts About The Fingers

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A normal human being has 5 fingers on each hand. The first digit is the thumb, the next is index, the third is middle, the fourth is ring and the fifth is the little or pinky.

1.) The man with the largest hand in the world is Lui Hua of China. His left thumb measures 10.2 inches in length and his index finger is almost 12 inches long. The man suffers from a rare condition called “Macrodactyly”. He was operated and 11 pounds of flesh and bone were removed.

2.) Two persons hold the record of having the most number of fingers in the world they are Pranamya Menaria and Devendra Harne both of India. Menaria and Harne, who were born in 2005 and 1995, respectively, both has 25 in total – 12 fingers and 13 toes.

3.) You may not know but the fingertips possess the highest concentration of touch receptors and thermoreceptors compared to all areas of the human skin. Fingertips are extremely sensitive to temperature, texture, moisture, pressure and vibration.

4.) The only muscle that can be found on the finger is the “arrector pili muscle”. The muscles that make the finger joints move are located on the palm and forearm.

5.) The Medical Latin English adjective for thumb is pollical.

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6.) The higher the testosterone, the greater the length of the ring finger and the more “masculine” the resulting child – whether male or female

7.) In the Indian wedding tradition, the wedding ring is worn on the right hand because they believe that the left hand is inauspicious.

8.) The wedding ring is worn on the left ring finger among Westerners because the vein in the left ring finger, referred to as the venna amoris or “vein of love” was believed to be directly connected to the heart.

9.) The Jewish groom puts the ring on the index finger of the bride and not on the ring finger. Today, the ring is usually moved to the ring finger after the ceremony.

10.) On average, women tend to have longer index fingers and men tend to have longer ring fingers.

11.) The longest ring finger is known as the “Casanova pattern” and the most sensitive finger on the human hand is the index finger.

12.) Based on researches conducted by experts, they had found out that the most successful men have long ring fingers.

13.) In addition, the finger-length ratio was boosted by higher levels of testosterone in the womb during a crucial phase of gestation.

14.) Traders with long ring fingers compared to others made up to 11 times their earnings.

15.) Lesbians have greater length difference on their ring fingers and index fingers compared to straight women.

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16.) Similarly, gays have a greater difference in length of ring finger and index fingers than straight men.

17.) Children with longer ring fingers perform better in number-based subjects like mathematics and physics.

18.) In China, the ring finger is used as a gesture towards ones brother, indicating affection.

19.) In the west, the academy signet ring is worn on the right ring finger.

20.) In male, the average length his hand is 189 mm and the average breath is 84 mm, while in female, the average length her hand is 172 mm and the average breadth is 74 mm.

21.) The ring finger is the weakest the finger because it shares a flexor muscle with the middle and little fingers. It is the only finger that cannot be extended fully and separately.

22.) In males, the index finger tends to be shorter than the ring finger while in females, the index finger tends to be the same size or slightly longer than the ring finger.

23.) Black children are ten times more likely to be born with extra fingers compared to white children.

24.) White children, on the other hand, are four times more likely to be born with webbed fingers compared to black children.

25.) Each hand contains 34 muscles which move the fingers and thumb and 17 in the palm of the hand and 18 in the forearm with 48 named nerves, 3 of which are major nerves.

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26.) Each hand contains 24 named sensory branches, 21 named muscular branches, 30 named arteries and nearly as many smaller named branches.

27.) Each hand contains 29 major and minor bones and 29 major joints and at least 123 named ligaments.

28.) The thumb is controlled by 9 individual muscles, which are controlled by and all 3 major hand nerves.

29.) Women are more likely to have osteoarthritis. Almost 90% of women and 80% of men in the age group 75-79 years have x-ray evidence of osteoarthritis in their hands

30.) The fastest growing nails are those at the longest fingers and the slowest growing nails are those at the shortest fingers. Each finger and toenail takes six months to grow from base to tip.

31.) Only human small and ring fingers have the ability to rotate across the palm to meet the thumb.

32.) This is quite familiar – fingernails grow nearly 4 times faster than toenails. In addition, the middle finger has the fastest growing nail.

33.) The skin on the palm side of the hand and fingers is unique because it has no hair, tough and durable yet sensitive.

34.) It is often said that no two individuals have the same fingerprints. In addition, no two individual have the same tongue prints.

35.) As mentioned, each individual has a unique fingerprint but it is possible that two individuals or twins can have identical fingerprint. The odd is 1 out of 100 million.

36.) In addition, there are also people with no fingerprints. So if two persons have no fingerprints they are identical.

37.) Structurally, fingernails are modified hairs. Hair is made from the same substance as fingernails.

38.) The belief that human hair and fingernails continue to grow after death.-is absolutely false. A dead body dries and shrinks giving an appearance that hair and fingernails grow because the skin dehydrates and pulls back from the nail beds and scalp.

39.) Here’s a famous quotation about the hand – “You can’t shake hands with a clenched fist” – Indira Gandhi. 

40.) Here’s another good quotation about fingers – “We can land men on the moon, but, for all our mechanical and electronic wizardry, we cannot reproduce an artificial fore-finger that can feel as well as beckon”.

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