The human opposable thumb: with reason neurologist Frank R. Wilson called it ‘the Twenty-Four-Karat thumb’. Because thumb studies in primates have revealed that only humans have ‘perfect opposable thumbs’. But there is more, because new evidence indicates that the opposable thumb has a direct correlation with self-awareness in the primate family!
Scientists say that there are two things that have given rise to man’s dominance as a species: one is the opposable thumb, the other is self-awareness. Interestingly, scientists also developed a test to assess ‘self-recognition’ (which is in psychology known as a first milestone in the development of self-awareness in young children) via the so-called ‘mirror test’.
The video below shows how this ‘mirror test’ has also been used to assess the capability for self-recognition in primates. And the table below displays a strong correlation between self-recognition and the opposable thumb in the primate family tree (+ a the bottom a picture is presented summarizing the hand characteristics seen in the listed primate species).
February 9, 2013
Last december the Megan Fox thumb ‘saga’ continued at The Tonigh Show with Jay Leno, where Megan talked about her thumb insecurities (she has clubbed thumbs)… suggesting that she thinks her weird ‘fat’ thumbs are the result of her mom eating Tuna during her pregnancy of Megan!
‘What is weird to me is I was talking to my mom … and she was like, “Oh, I ate tuna every day when I was pregnant with you,” I was wondering if that was what happened to my thumbs. They’re weird and they’re really fat and there’s like a weird knuckle.’
Now that Megan has become a mom herself (in the summer of 2012 Megan wondered if she was maybe birthing a vampire baby like the one from ‘Twilight’), it is heartbreaking to see that she now has the guts to talk about her thumb insecurities. Hopefully, this will inspire other people having this physical anomaly to deal with feeling of shame!
TIP – Megan Fox thumb tribute!
(The episode was featured at VH1 & below you can find the YouTube video featuring Megan Fox interview in december 2012 at The Tonight Show with Jay Leno)
Earlier reports about Megan Fox’ toe tumbs:
• Actress Megan Fox has the clubbed thumb (BDD) – it’s a hereditary cosmetic defect! (2009)
• Megan Fox’ stubby thumbs replaced for Motorola Super Bowl commercial! (2010)
• Megan Fox has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: what are the associated hand characteristics? (2010)
• Megan Fox’ thumb got Photoshopped in Armani Jeans & Underwear Campaign! (2011)
In the acting and modelling profession, where outward appearance is important, quite a few people with ’clubbed thumbs’ have become successful. Next to Megan Fox (see previous post) being the most well-known example there is a considerable list of models & actresses who have the same thumb abnormality.
Maybe, some might now think that a toe tumb can be ‘sexy’, but the truth is that brachydactyly type d is a common trait in the general population – though the prevalence varies among populations around the world. According the World of Clubbed Thumbs the statistics are: 0.1% of blacks, 0.4% of whites, 1.6% of Jews and 3% of Arabs.
The list of models & actresses with a brachydactyly type d thumb includes (alphabetic order):
• Malin Akerman (Swedish-Canadian actress & model):
• Megan Fox (US actress & model):
• Sanaa Lathan (US actress):
• Leighton Meester (US actress & singer):
• Vittoria Puccini (Italian actress):
• Ashley Tesoro (US actress, model & singer):
• Anna Walton (UK actress):
NOTICE: A longer list of celebrities who have ‘clubbed thumbs’ is available at Facebook.
More hands of actors, models, celebrities & movie stars are available here: http://www.handresearch.com/hands-of-fame.htm
June 17, 2011
Funny Armani commercial: ‘The tip’ (2010) – feat. Megan Fox.
Remember the funny story about actress Megan Fox thumbs being photoshopped in the 2010 Motorola Superbowl commercial? Well, in the 2010 Armani jeans & underwear commercials the producers made likewise actions on her thumbs!
For those who are not yet familiar with the shape of Megan Fox’s thumb, the recent picture below displays an impression of her ‘clubbed thumb’ which looks like a ‘toe thumb’ (a.k.a. brachydactyly type d, or BDD).
MEGAN’S ARMANI THUMBS:
Now, let’s take a look at some impression from Megan’s 2010 Armani jeans & underwear ad campaign. Notice anything strange about her thumbs in the first two pictures below? – Probably not.
So far so good?
But what is your impression of the photos below? Notice anything strange about her thumb? Yes, yes, yes! The Armani people definitely took the time to photoshop her thumb, because now it suddenly appears to be a normal ‘slender’ thumb with a longer fingernail – but that is not how Megan’s thumbs look like at all!
Obviously, the Armani people replaced it altogether. What’s wrong with you, people? Why not photoshop her tattoos, but only Megan’s thumbs… bad taste?
By the way, Megan Fox’s thumb story does not stand on it’s own. Because today Photoshopping is applied to nearly every photo of any model. And as a matter of fact: there are many examples available where the details can be studied, such as: the famous Madonna photoshop example, and here are 40 other amazing photoshop examples.
Anyway, even as a married woman… Megan definitely succeeded in the Armani video ‘The tip’ (see above) to keep her cool ‘sexy’ image alive. Definitely a funny, amusing commercial: thumbs up for Megan & Armani!
Finally, you can read much more about Megan’s thumbs – here are the older stories about her thumbs:
June 13, 2011
Okay, you probably know that the human opposable thumb plays a significant role in the fact that human kind is ruling the world. But what if cats had opposable thumbs? Would they let us live in peace, or would we be welcoming our new cat overlords?
Cravendale Milk shows us one possible vision of the thumb-catted future in a new ad where thumbcat thugs try to roll humans for cartons of milk.
November 20, 2010
At November 26 the ‘Welcome Collection’ in London presents their ‘Hands’ event! How would our society look like without any hands? We sense, create and communicate with our hands. A social event for the incurably curious and celebrate these vital parts of our bodies across four floors of Wellcome Collection!!
From medicine to mesmerism, magic to mannerisms, visitors will find out about the curious history of digits, palms, fingers and thumbs, and put their own to use, as we celebrate the organs that shape the world around us. We will have scientists, artists, palmists and magicians at hand for discussions, performances and, of course, hands-on activities, all designed to make us look afresh at our body. ‘Manipulate’, ‘manoeuvre’ and ‘manufacture’ are all words deriving from the Latin word ‘manus’, meaning hand. These creative appendages allow us to make, touch and feel, but they also hold mystical and cultural significance. For one night only, visitors can explore a digital age that goes back millennia.
• Revel in the mystery of hands with palmistry and neuroscience illusions.
• Try out some nail art.
• Get dexterous with games and computers from different ages – and paper, scissors, stone.
• Enjoy an installation produced by young people from HCA, Coram’s Fields, KCBNA and artist Elaine Duigenan.
• Try out some surgeon’s tools, and see how steady your hands are.
• Explore the wonders of handwriting in the Wellcome Library, and meet a palaeographer and a graphologist.
• Play a piano and see your digits up close.
• Enjoy the physical theatre performance of The Articulate Hand with Andrew Dawson. Performances start at 20.00 and 21.45. Tickets are available on the night of the event only.
• Hear from evolution expert Christophe Soligo on the difference between the hands of apes and humans. Tickets are available on the night of the event only.
• Chris McManus will uncover the science of left and right handedness. Tickets are available on the night of the event only.
LOCATION: 183 Euston Road, London (nov 26, 19:00 – 23:00)
It’s a FREE event, so anyone can drop in anytime!!
A discussion about more details of this ‘hands’ event is available at the Modern Hand Reading Forum.
When you go to Paris, you really should not forget to pay a visit at ‘La Défense quarter’, the modern business area of the French capital city.
One of the many art masterpieces in Paris is called ‘Le pouce’ (the thumb), which was made by one of the most famous French sculptors: César Baldaccini (1921-1998).
|César made ‘the thumb’ in 1965, his sculpture weighs 18 tons and is 12 meter high, and includes at the backside… César’s gigantic fingerprint! The estimated value of César’s masterpiece is close to 1 million euros.
In the summer of 2008 one hundred works of César Baldaccini were exhibited from early July till the end of october at ‘la Fondation Cartier’ for Contemporary Art, featured by Jean Nouvel, architect of the building and friend of the famous sculptor.
The visitors were able to discover many of César’s famous thumbs, made by the artist with various materials including: bronze, Baccarat crystal, stainless steel, aluminum and pink marble.
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