Was Michael Jackson’s hand deterioration a clue to his sudden death?

One month ago we reported that earlier this year ‘horrible’ photos of Michael Jackson’s hands had arrived in the media speculating about his fight with aging. Now we found an earlier photo of his left hand that confirms that the deterioration of his hands had gone very fast!

Let’s take a look at the deterioration of Michael Jackson’s hand between 2006 and 2009!

The left hand of Michael Jackson taken at the Guinness World Records event in 2006!

The left hand of Michael Jackson taken at the Guinness World Records event in 2006!


In 2006 a Dailymail report described Michael Jackson’s left hand (see the photo ABOVE) as:

“… his brown, cracked nails were desperately in need of a little attention.”


In 2009 a Dailymail report described Michael Jackson’s hands (see the photo BELOW) as follows:

“The singer’s fingers and nails appeared to be in a terrible state when he stepped out this week. … His hands looked very discoloured and skin looked like it was dangling from his fingers. His fingernails could only be described as a manicurist’s worst nightmare.”

What are the major changes in Jackson’s nails over the past few years?

One striking aspect appears to be the color at the base of his fingernails (where usually the white lunula or ‘nail moons’ are found): while in 2006 the color of that aspect of his nails appeared to be ‘dark redish’, in 2009 it had definitely become ‘brownish’.

An interesting ‘in memorium’ report about the hands of Michael Jackson describes that brown nail moon – a very unusual nail disorder – are only known to be caused by medical drugs that are being used to treat cancers of HIV (Aids). So, the ‘rare’ state of Michael Jackson’s nails indicates that the recent rumours (may 2009) that he had skin cancer could have been close to the truth. For, obviously his fingernails have indicated that Michael Jackson was not in a ‘perfect health’ at all – as stated by Dr. Tohme Tohme (a spokesman of Jackson) to the New York Daily News!

By the way, Dr. Tohme Tohme denied today in an interview with Vegas Confidential that he was one of Jackson’s doctors:

“I don’t have anything to do with his (Jackson’s) medication or health.”

To be continued?

Recent photos of Michael Jackson’s hands (february 2009).
The right hand of Michael Jackson in 2009!

How Michael Jackson's single white hand glove became his trademark.

How Michael Jackson’s single white hand glove became his trademark!

Jackson’s single white glove (later covered in silver sequins) made its television debut on Michael’s left hand during his stunning performance of “Billy Jean” at Motown’s 25th anniversary TV special in 1983 – and it was also featured in the “Billy Jean” videoclip. What is the symbolic meaning of this ‘strange’ aspect of his work?

Michael described the glove as a symbol of his ‘onstage life’ – the “magic” that he so frequently spoke about, the “escapism,” as he put it, that he felt was his mission to “give to” an audience. The glove seemed to go hand in hand with the magical white light that always is seen streaming through the movies of film director Steven Spielberg – who was a good friend of Michael Jackson.

“I wish we could all spend some time in his world,” Spielberg said about his friend, but for Spielberg and most members of his audience, it would only be a tourist venture. Michael Jackson lives in that world all the time and the glove is a connection between that world and his audience on the outside. It beckons them to cross over, at least for a time.
Michael was once asked why he was wearing the piece of stage clothing offstage (actually in a hospital burn unit) and in a most innappropriate circumstance and he replied, “this way I am never offstage.”

In february the DailyMail reported that his fingers and nails are in a terrible state of condition: with discoloured fingernails, puffy reddened skin, and prominent veins. Thought these are only typical sign of aging, a few days ago rumours arrived that ‘The King of Pop’ has skin cancer.

It appears that Jackson was able to wave away the ‘rumours’ for quite a while, but with the arrival of news that Michael Jackson’s died reality has dramatically whiped away the rumours about his health.


In memoriam: ‘The hands of Michael Jackson’!
The hand of Michael Jackson: a manicurist’s nightmare
Your health is in your hands!

The King of Pop’s last hand wave: good-bye Michael …

Michael Jackson's hand wave.

Deceptive fingers? - A new milestone in finger length research!

Deceptive fingers? - A new milestone in finger length research!

Is the 2D:4D finger ratio research misleading?

Czech researchers claim to have found that “previously published results on the 2D:4D ratio are biased by its covariation with finger length”. What are the implications?

Popular magazines in The Netherlands & Germany have picked-up the scoop with tempting titles such as: ‘Finger ratio is misleading’ and ‘Deceptive finger’. But the truth appears to be that those titles could be more misleading: for, likely the new research describes a new milestone in the digit ratio research!

The Czech researchers presented their new research under the title: ‘differences in the 2nd to 4th digit length ratio in humans reflect shifts along the common allometric line‘ – and in the publication they describe the following about their finger findings:

“Sexual differences in 2D : 4D are mainly caused by the shift along the common allometric line with non-zero intercept, which means 2D : 4D necessarily decreases with increasing finger length, and the fact that men have longer fingers than women.”

“We do not claim that the previous results for the finger length ratio are wrong”

“We conclude that previously published results on the 2D : 4D ratio are biased by its covariation with finger length. We strongly recommend regression-based approaches for comparisons of hand shape among different groups.”

The International Behavioral & Medical Biometrics Society.

The IBMBS presents the 4th biometrics conference in 2009!

One of the side-effects of extremist muslim terrorism appears to be that the budgets for biometric investments keep growing each year – merely because ‘identity’ and ‘security’ have become major themes in all societies around the world. Let’s take a look at the most important aspects of biometry that are related to the human hand.

Jean-François Mainguet presents on his website an overview of 20 types of biometrics. The following 5 aspects of the hand play a significant role in modern biometrics:

Fingerprints play an important role in biometrics!


Hand / finger geometry is a minor issue in the field of biometrics.

Hand / finger geometry

Hand vein / vascular pattern biometry is becoming more important!

Vein / vascular pattern

Nail features is a minor aspect in biometry.


Some additional aspects of the hand (and the use of the hand) that relate to biometric research are: handwriting, hand tapping, knuckle creases, hand pressure profile, finger wrinkles, and 3D finger surface.

The following 2 sources present some info about upcomming biometric events:
Biometric events in 2009
The 4th conference of the International Behavioral & Medical Biometrics Society

Finger length measurements.

Tall, short, or got a small head?
Don’t forget to take a look at your fingers!

Recently Roger Dobson – author at MailOnline.co.uk presented an interesting article titled: ‘Tall, short – or got a small head? Here’s what your physique reveals about your health’. In his article he described how various body dimensions – varying from your height to your foot size – can indicate a wealth of information about your risk of conditions, from cancer through to dementia and heart disease. You can read below what Roger Dobson wrote about the 2D:4D finger length ratio – a hand characterstic that has become very well-known in the past few years through the work and the two books of ‘the finger’ Professor John T. Manning

Roger Dobson wrote in his article about the hand:


Autism and ADHD, mental illness/depression

A range of disorders has been linked to the length of fingers, and in particular the ratio between index and ring fingers. The ratio is thought to be a marker of what was happening hormonally in the womb when the foetus developed.

It’s thought a relatively long ring finger is a sign that the foetus was exposed to higher levels of the male hormone testosterone, while a relatively long index finger is a marker of the female hormone, oestrogen.

Conditions associated with a long ring finger compared to the index include autism and ADHD. Those associated with a longer index include depression.

Males, who are more likely to develop autism and ADHD, tend to have a longer ring finger relative to their index finger.

Exposure to certain hormones might increase or reduce the risk of certain conditions and traits.

‘It has been suggested that autism may arise as the result of exposure to high concentrations of prenatal testosterone,’ say researchers at Liverpool University.”

Famous hands: the hand of a celebrity

Famous hands: what does the celebrity’s hand reveal?

Hands reveal a lot more than one could expect about a celebrity! Various sources on the internet present interesting materials about the famous hands of celebrities, including: high quality hand photos, handprints & sometimes even the fingerprints!

The following 2 sources present both a long list (20+) of article focussed on the hands of famous celebrities:

• 1 – Famous hands: the hand of celebrities
• 2 – The hands of famous people

HandFacts presented earlier ‘celebrity hand-reports’ about:
Barack Obama – a hand full of power!
Madonna – the hand of retouching!
Michael Jackson – a manicurist’s worst nightmare!

The hand of Albert Einstein!

The hand of Albert Einstein!

Albert Einstein’s hand shows signs of Asperger sydrome – the high IQ variant of autism:

Researchers at the universities of Cambridge and Oxford believe that Albert Einstein showed signs of Asperger’s Syndrome.

Marianne Raschig was able to make a handprint of Albert Einstein’s hands in 1930. Does Einstein have the typical hand features that researchers have observed in autism?

Albert Einstein’s handprints are presented at the bottom of this post (the high quality versions are available at: THE HANDS OF ALBERT EINSTEIN). Let’s take a look at the hand characteristics that have been associated with autism in varioius scientific studies:

2D:4D Finger ratio

Professor John T. Manning described in 2002 in his first book titled: ‘Digit Ratio‘ that the hand in autism is often characterised by a by a ‘2D:4D finger ratio’ of 0.94 of lower. Interestingly Albert Einstein’s digit ratio appeared to be close to 0.93!


Some Romanian researchers described in 2003 some significant results related to fingerprint asymmetries between the the right hand and the left hand. They described that they found that the hands of persons who have autism are often featured with more ‘arch’ fingerprints in the left hand and/or more ‘loop’ fingerprints in the right hand. Interestingly, Albert Einstein has 2 ‘loops’ (middle finger + pinky) in his right hand and only one ‘loop’ in his left hand (pinky)!

Unusual hand lines

In time various scientific studies have reported that the hand in autism is frequently featured with unsual palmar lines. The most important unusual palmar lines are: ‘the simian crease‘ & ‘the Sydney line‘. Interestingly, Albert Einstein has an (incomplete) Sydney line in his left hand!

The handprints of Albert Einstein.

The six digit man - a next step in evolution?

What will be the next step in the evolution of the human hand?

All ‘tetrapods’ have 4 limbs with 5 fingers. Even the panda has only 5 digits + an unusual outgrowth of the wrist bone. So, the Leek’s funny idea that man could develop a 6th finger can only best be described as a funny joke … but a mission impossible!

Quoted from The Leek:

“The Next Step in Evolution:

Six Digit Man’ Leads the Way to the Future:

Researchers at the Bill Gates Medical Center in Seattle were astonished to discover that a patient, who was recently admitted with severe wrist pains, had six functional fingers in his left hand (see X-Ray image below).

The patient, now dubbed “Homo Digitus”, is believed to form the next step in human evolution. “For the last two decades we have been waiting to see how the human race would adapt to working with computers, and finally we were handed the answer” says Genetics Expert, Dr. Harry Ditty.

According to Ditty Harry, Hox genes controlling the development of body parts have so far prevented the formation a sixth independent digit. However, it seems that the frequent need to use the key combination has finally triggered the previously unknown “Keystrokes genes” to prevail.

Other experts noted that the new finger configuration significantly enhances the versatility of the human hand. “In addition to the existing ‘precision grip’, used when holding a pencil, and ‘power grip’, used when holding a hammer, subjects of the mutation will be able to apply the new ‘anguish grip’, which is extremely handy when using the Microsoft Windows operating system” says Han D. Man, chief handyman at the Hand Institute of Handuras.

The patient himself, whose name remains undisclosed, was quoted as saying: “I never imagined the incredible impact I was going to have on civilization. All I wanted to do was to give my computer the finger”.

Read further about:
The mystery of the five fingers & The hand of God

The hand of the tetrapods: we all have 5 fingers.

Research says: human skin is like rubber, fingerprint ridges do not enhance hand grip!

Research says: human skin is like rubber, fingerprint ridges do not enhance hand grip!

Skin is like rubber, fingerprints do not enhance hand grip:

The role of the skin on our fingertips, palm and soles of the feet is to grip other objects, and they all have characteristic “friction” ridges. Nevertheless, very little research has been carried out about how well fingers perform, how friction is achieved and why we have soft fingerpads with fingerprints at all. Recent research carried out in the laboratory of the University of Manchester suggests that finger skin has frictional properties rather like rubber.

Why do we have fingerprints?

The most likely possible answers are:

1) Fingerprints may increase friction on rough materials;
2) Fingerprints may increase friction on wet surfaces by channeling away water like a car tyre;
3) Fingerprints may help prevent blistering by allowing shear of the skin.

New British research indicates that the first option can be deleted from the list. Researcher Dr. Roland Ennos explains his findings below:

Dr Roland Ennos describes why fingerprints do not enhance hand grip.

“I have been thinking about this for years and, having played around with it for a bit, realised that skin is rubbery so the ridges in fingerprints might actually reduce grip.

Our experiments – using a plastic cup, weights and strips of Perspex (acrylic glass) to develop a simple machine in the lab – proved me right.

The experiment was so simple, this discovery could have been made 100 years ago; but scientists make assumptions and tend to look at complicated things instead.

We are now testing that theory and two others, that fingerprints improve grip on rough surfaces and that they increase sensitivity.

There are potential spin-offs for this work. For example some people who suffer nerve damage that prevents sweating have slippery fingers and cannot grip: we could develop something to treat that.”

Fingerprints reveal identity, drugs & lifestyle!
Do identical twins have identical fingerprints?
Fingerprints unlikely increase hand grip friction!
Research: fingerprints are unlikely to increase ‘grip’ to our hands!
More finger news!

12 Fingers & 14 toes: a new Guinness World Record?Last year various sources around the world reported that Heramb Ashok Kumthekar, a 22 year old marketing student from Pune was born with 12 fingers and 14 toes. The current Guinness World Record holder for having the most fingers and toes in the world is an Indian young boy named Devendra Harne: he has only 12 fingers and 13 toes. However, the student from Pune is not able to claim a new record.

Heramb’s extra digits are caused by the medical condition called ‘polydactly‘, which translates from the Greek for “many fingers”. However, even though his hands have separate bones, technically some of his fingers are attached – this condition is called ‘syndactyly‘.Heramb Ashok Kumthekar says:

“I am happy about it because I have something that others don’t have. I never had a problem with it and after I get publicity I will be famous because of it.”
The congenital condition of having extra fingers occurs in one in every 500 births. Famous holders of extra digits include the beheaded ex-wife of Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn (who was rumoured to have an extra finger on her left hand), the Bollywood superstar Hrithik Roshan (one of Indian cinema’s rising stars has one extra digit on each hand), and recently the new James Bond Girl Gemma Arterton admitted that she was born with 6 fingers on each hand (an extra pinky finger).


Heramb Ashok Kumthekar has 14 toes.