Thom Yorke's finger length!Thom York has the simian line (simian crease).Thom York has the simian crease! | 'Incomplete' simian line

Tribute to the hands of Thom Yorke!
Famous simian line holders!

Thom Yorke thumbs & the simian line…

The simian line (a.k.a. ‘simian crease’) is the most studied line of the human hand. Despite it’s associations with Down syndrome (+ a rainbow of other medical problems), quite a few famous people have the simian line. Radiohead’s leadsinger Thom York has a variant of the classic simian line in his right hand – an ‘incomplete simian crease‘. What do we know about the most ‘notorious’ of all hand lines?

Having a simian line is not very uncommon at all: about 2% to 4% of the population has this rather remarkable hand line – though in Asia the percentages are higher up to above 10% in Chinese people.

Rather remarkable – despite the strong links with various medical problems – some believe that the simian line can also be recognized as a ‘gift marker‘ which could relate to strong personality characteristics that bring stamina, intensity and strong concentration.

More Thom Yorke thumbs of his simian line:

Thom York has the simian line (simian crease).

Thom York has the simian crease! | 'Incomplete' simian line

Thom Yorke's finger length!

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Another fascinating characteristic of the hands of Thom Yorke concerns his fingerlength: his ring finger is much longer than his pointer finger.

Interestingly the long ring finger has historically been associated with musical abilities. Professor John Manning (Liverpool University) presented in 2000 a study which pointed out that the hands of male symphony musicians are characterised with a likewise combination: the low ‘digit ratio’ – of 2D:4D finger ratio (2D = index finger; 4D = ring finger).

Quote from Professor John T. Manning’s book ‘digit ratio’ (page 121):

“Sorell (1968) pointed out that musical ability has been linked with very long ring fingers for many years. He illustrated this with handprints from composers such as Alexander Tcherpenin and Edgar Varese, but the most powerful image he showed in this context was that of a cast of Franz Liszt’s right hand (Sorell 1968, 187). In this cast Liszt’s ring fingers is strikingly dominant in length, with the middle phalanx making up an apparently disproportionate part of the finger. These are anecdotal observations, but measurements of casts and photographs of the hands of eminent musicians may wel reveal very low 2D:4D ratios.”

By the way, extreme digit ratios (finger lengths) are – just like the ‘simian crease’ (Thom Yorke) and the ‘clubbed thumb’ (Megan Fox) – recognized as a ‘minor physical anomaly’ (MPA).

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Charles Darwin's pointer finger.

CHARLES DARWIN HAD THE LONG FOREFINGER!

Charles Darwin’s voyage of the HMS Beagle (1831-1836) is known as the most important journey around the world ever made. For, during that the famous trip Darwin gained knowledge and insights that has changed the perception of human kind about the image of life on Earth dramatically.

On September 1, 2009 the “clipper Stad Amsterdam” left on a trip around the world, in the wake of Charles Darwin (1809-1882). During the 2009 journey researchers investigate many aspects of Darwin’s work and life. Evolutionary psychology professor Bram Buunk – who is involved in finger length research – studied Darwin’s finger length!

Jealousy in Montevideo:

Men and women have different reasons for jealousy, Buunk discovered in the seventies. Men are jealous because they do not want their female fertilized by another man – a genetic cuckoo – and for the dissemination of its genes on to run. Women are jealous because they do not want their husband’s attention spread over several partners, but exclusively focuses on her and her children.

Bram Buunk and his colleagues have discovered a link between the susceptibility to become jealousy, and the ratio of the length of index fingers and ring fingers. The story is now more or less known: if the index finger (a.k.a. the ‘pointer finger’ or ‘forefinger’) is relatively longer than the ring finger, the individual, regardless of sexe, has sort of a ‘female character’. Conversely, human males usually have a relatively long ring finger, usually the ring finger is longer than the index finger (while in human females the both fingers often have the same length).

The link could be traced back to an evolutionary coincidence. For, the same chemical cocktail during the embryonic development of the brains in the direction of the correct gender sends, plays a role in cutting the fingers of the hand embryonic plate.

Charles Darwin and his son.Charles Darwin at old age.

Buunk also studied Darwin’s fingers:

“During a conversation about Buunk’s finger research, we realized that we could apply this theory to Darwin, and sure enough, a few photos, including the one in which he poses with his son William, you can see his hand with a relatively very long forefinger.” [see: the photos above]. “Another image that was found by a cameraman on the internet, confirms the idea that Charles Darwin had the long forefinger – which makes his a ‘female-typical man’.”

“The conclusion is obvious: Charles Darwin was a man with a strong feminine disposition! That may explain a lot: his gentleness, his highly developed social and diplomatic skills, his easy survival during the cooperation with Fitzroy – who was known to be a ‘difficult’ man (likely, a man with a long ring finger), his care for his family, and his concern for the consequences of the publication of his ‘theory of evolution’ on society in general and the welfare of his family in particular.”

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The right hand of the 36th US president: Lyndon Johnson!

Right hand photo of Lyndon Johnson - the 36th US president.

Lyndon Johnson - right hand waving photo!

President Lyndon Johnson: right hand waving photo

Presidential Palm Reading:
the Lyndon Johnson ‘hand-file’!

• President: 1963-1969;
• Dexterity: right handed;
• Hand type: square palm shape;
• Fingers: normal finger length, short index finger, long ring finger, long pinky.

 

In april ’09 TIME magazine presented a photo essay on the hands of the last 9 US presidents; US palmist Robin Gile was asked to present his palm reading for each president. Without knowing that it was Lyndon Johnson’s hand, this is how Robin Gile described Johnson’s hand:

“The Charisma of a Performer”

“There’s a line that rises from the palm to the ring finger, which shows we’re talking about someone with the charisma of a performer, “ says Robin Gile, co-author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Palmistry. “He’s generous. I also see he’s stubborn, in a very passive-aggressive way. Decisions may not have been his strong suit. He didn’t have great mental discipline, he followed the course of least resistance. Overall, more a performer than a leader, I would say.”

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The right hand of the 37th US president: Richard Nixon!

The right hand of Richard Nixon.

 
 

 

Richard Nixon - right hand waving photo!

President Richard Nixon: right hand waving photo

Presidential Palm Reading:
the Richard Nixon ‘hand-file’!

• President: 1969-1974;
• Dexterity: right handed;
• Hand type: square palm shape;
• Fingers: normal finger length, normal index finger, long ring finger, long pinky.

 
Earlier this year TIME presented a photo essay on the hands of the last 9 US presidents; US palm reader Robin Gile was asked to present his palm reading for each president. Without knowing that it was Richard Nixon’s hand, this is how Robin Gile described Ford’s hand:

“An Eccentric Among Eccentrics”
“Clearly, anyone driven enough to become president is somewhat eccentric, but this, going by the angling out of the little finger, is an eccentric among eccentrics,” says Gile. “He’s a complicated soul, with a lot mental tension and passion. The long head line — the middle line in the palm [= a Sydney line] — is unusually long, indicating he probably doesn’t have an off-switch in his brain. He’s a potential insomniac, very detail-oriented and can’t stop thinking. The deep hallow in his palm says he hangs on to things and won’t let go.”

 

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The presidential ‘facebook’:
The presidential facebook!

Distribution of finger length ratios among women.

The average ‘digit ratio’ is 0.98 among women (while 0.96 among men).

OK, you heard about those finger stories, but do you know how to measure your ‘digit ratio’?

Professor John T. Manning’s “digit ratio” – refers to the ratio between the length of your index finger and your ring finger. The following describes the basic findings of this ‘scientific’ finger research + a 3-step method on how to measure your ‘digit ratio’!

Studies have found that during gestation, testosterone has powerful effects on the developing body and brain, and can cause increased confidence, (financial) risk preferences and search persistence, as well as heightened vigiance and quickened reaction times.

The most common measure is the ratio of the index to ring finger (2D:4D) on the right hand. A relatively longer ring finger – lower 2D:4D – indicates higher prenatal testosterone levels. Men typically have scores below 1, women above 1.

HOW TO MEASURE YOUR ‘DIGIT RATIO’?

1. Place your right hand firmly on the plate of a photocopier with fingers straight. Close cover of place a sheet of paper over your hand to prevent glare from overhead lights. Ensure that the bottom crease and finger tip can be clearly seen in the photocopy.

2. Use a ruler of calipers to measure the distance from the middle of the bottom crease to the tip of the finger.

3. Once you have the measures for both your ring and index finger, then divide the length of your index finger by the length of your ring finger. The result is 2D:4D (2nd digit divided by 4th digit).

Source: University of Cambridge.

Fingers of fate - how to measure your '2D:4D finger ratio'?

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The right hand of the 38th US president: Gerald Ford!

The right hand of Gerald Ford.

Gerald Ford - inauguration photo!

President Gerald Ford: inauguration photo

Presidential Palm Reading:
the Gerald Ford ‘hand-file’!

• President: 1974-1977;
• Dexterity: left handed;
• Hand type: long palm shape;
• Fingers: normal finger length, normal index finger, long ring finger.

 

This summer TIME presented a photo essay on the hands of the last 9 US presidents; US palm reader Robin Gile was asked to present his palm reading for each president. Without knowing that it was Gerald Ford’s hand, this is how Robin Gile described Ford’s hand:

“A Good, Clear Mind”

“In theory, this guy would have been a good mechanic because of the bulbous tips on his middle and ring finger,” says Gile. “He’s got a clear head line, showing a good, clear mind. His thumb is exceptionally long, showing his force of will. He’s the kind of man who thinks, ‘I know what I want, I know where I want to go.’ He’s dogged. If you go up against him, he’s just going to keep coming at you.”

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The right hand of the 39th US president: Jimmy Carter!

The right hand of Jimmy Carter.

Jimmy Carter - right hand waving photo!

President Jimmy Carter: right hand waving photo

Presidential Palm Reading:
the Jimmy Carter ‘hand-file’!

• President: 1977-1981;
• Dexterity: right handed;
• Hand type: square hand shape;
• Fingers: normal fingers, long ring finger + high set, normal index finger.

 

Earlier this year TIME presented a beautiful hand photo essay of the last 9 US presidents. US Palm reader Robin Gile presented a hand analysis for each president – without knowing that it was Jimmy Carter’s hand, this is how Robin Gile described Jimmy Carter’s hand:

“Lacks Flexibility”

“This man is tough, rigid, unyielding and stubborn,” Gile says. “The ability to compromise doesn’t appear to be a strong aspect in this hand. He’s got the gift of intuition, but he’s not the most intuitive of this set. He’s aware of the environment around him, but that sensitivity to it doesn’t make him change course. I would say he’s controlling and lacks flexibility.”

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The right hand of the 40th US president: Ronald Reagan!

The right hand of Ronald Reagan.

Ronald Reagan - right hand waving photo!

President Ronald Reagan: right hand waving photo

Presidential Palm Reading:
the Ronald Reagan ‘hand-file’!

• President: 1981-1989;
• Dexterity: left handed;
• Hand type: square hand shape;
• Fingers: normal fingers, long ring finger + short index finger.

 

A few months ago TIME presented a hand photo essay of the last 9 US presidents, and palm reader Robin Gile was asked to present a hand analysis for each president. Without knowing that it was Ronald Reagan’s hand, this is how Robin Gile described Ronald Reagan’s hand:

“The Most Earth-y of the Lot”

“This person is constitutionally stronger than most, because the head line and heart line are almost one line,” says Robin Gile. “He’s the most earth-y of the lot, but he’s stubborn. He has a hard time shifting gears or taking on a new stance. He’s not attached to ostentatious consumerism. I bet he’s the sort of man who would say, “Let me lease a good car. It doesn’t have to be a Cadillac.”

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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:

“IF YOU HAVE LONG FINGERS

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.”

Your index finger - ring finger ratio provides a clue about your intellectual talent.

The index finger vs. ring finger ratio could become the basis of a new type of palmistry

In 2007 a British study pointed out that the intellectual talent of 7-year old children can be discovered by measuring their finger length. Was this study a new milestone for the new palmistry?

The British study reaveld that pupils with long ring fingers & short ring finger are more likely to excell in numeracy; while pupils with short ring fingers & long index fingers are better at literacy.

Last year professor John T. Manning – a.k.a. the ‘finger professor’ – presented his 2th book about the 2D:4D finger ratio: ‘The Finger Book‘ (2008). Recently another British hand-expert, professor Chris McManus, responded with a review of Mannings work. McManus focusses on Manning’s claim that finger-length ratios point to individual and sex differences.

THE NEW PALMISTRY?

Manning’s theories are build upon the belief that there is a connection between finger lengths and sexual development – via the sex hormone testosterone – which appears to implicate that whenever one sees a longer ring finger one can infer the existence of higher testosterone levels in early foetal development.

The simplicity of the measure has inevitably launched a thousand research papers on hundreds of topics, finding correlations of 2D:4D with – to select just the terms used in Manning’s chapter titles – heart attacks, breast cancer, infectious diseases, skin colour, running speed, football ability, sexual attraction, homosexuality, and schizophrenia.

Nevertheless, whether the new palmistry will succeed is far from clear at present since many questions remain unanswered so far. The biggest unanswered question appears to be: could your 2D:4D finger ratio provide any usefull clue regarding your personal attributes, in terms of: your genetic-, medical-, and/or psychological characteristics?

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