Unexpected Signs That You Have A Unique Body
On 31st July 2017
Each person has character traits, peculiar only to him or herself. Aspects of the psyche that are — if present in others at all — extremely rare. But did you know that our bodies can possess many unique features too?!
Today we will tell you about exceptional physical skills and characteristics found in only a tiny percentage of people around the world. If any of you want to try some of this stuff for yourselves, there’s a bonus at the end of the article!
#1 Roll your tongue.
You know the myth: That people who can roll their tongues (and tie cherry stems in knots) are good kissers! Well, then 60 percent of the population are smooch-worthy. That's the amount, Dr. Kristin Woodward, an anesthesiologist says, that can curl and or roll the tongue. But it can be learned, too, she adds. However, "the ability to form a clover leaf tongue is an inherited trait."
#2 Wiggle your ears.
"The ability to wiggle the ears may be inherited however it can also be learned with practice," Dr. Kristin Woodward, an anesthesiologist says. "It is thought that about 10-20 percent of the population has the ability."
#3 The ability to wiggle individual toes
No matter how you try, you won’t be able to wiggle each of your toes in turn. That’s because only the big toe and the little toe are fitted with individual muscles, while the rest are controlled en masse by just one set of muscles. Most people in the world can easily move their big toes, but only a minority can do it with little toes.
#4 Lick Your Elbow
Licking an elbow is something 99% of people can't perform. Unfortunately, it is not something you can achieve by practice. Elasticity and length of the arms and tongue play a key part in this move.
Diastema is a gap between the front teeth, occurring in about 20% of humans. From the viewpoint of dentists, it’s an anomaly that requires medical intervention. But many people, including celebrities, think that this feature adds uniqueness to their image!
#6 Raising a single brow
Most people can only raise either their right or left eyebrow. The ability to raise both eyebrows is quite rare. However, it is possible to develop this talent by practice. Go in front of a mirror, pull one of your eyebrows downwards and try to raise the other one. After enough practice, you'll notice the muscles around your eyebrows. Soon, you'll be able to do it without the help of your hand. The necessity of this talent is absolutely debatable...
#7 Dimples on the cheeks
Possessed by approximately 25% of the world’s population, dimples are a defect in the structure of the zygomatic muscle, which is responsible for smiling. In people with this physiological feature, a small bundle of the muscle gets attached to the bone. As a result, when a person smiles, a portion of the cheek is drawn inward. Dimples are particularly noticeable with chubby cheeks because fat makes the indentations more pronounced.
#8 Holes above the ears
Some people are born with tiny, barely visible holes above their ears. ... Simply put, the malformations are 'nodules, dents, or dimples' that are exposed anywhere around the external ear – specifically, where the 'face' and the ear cartilage meet.
#9 "hitchhiker's thumbs,"
Some people have "hitchhiker's thumbs," which bend backwards with a large angle between the two segments (phalanges). The myth is that there are just two kinds of thumbs, straight thumbs and hitchhiker's thumbs, and the trait is controlled by a single gene with two alleles, with the allele for S being dominant
#10 Missing tendon
Vestigial structures are body traits left over from evolution that have no discernible use for us modern humans. That includes things like tailbones, goosebumps and that pesky appendix. These are different from other traits humans have evolved to no longer require because instead of phasing out entirely – like the tail – they remain present in the body for reasons that remain a mystery to many scientists.
They’re like a few extra lines of code that don’t really do anything.
But back to that wrist tendon.
It’s known as the palmaris longus and it turns out most people have it – in fact, those of us who don’t are actually reasonably rare at 14% of the general population.
It is believed that the palmaris longus was used by humans years ago to activate the wrist’s flexibility. However, it has no effect on the modern human’s body.
In fact, the tendon’s presence is so benign that it’s very common for it to be removed and used in tendon grafts or cosmetic surgery.
#11 Darwin’s tubercle
The protruding segment on the inside or outside of the ear is called the Darwin’s tubercle. The famous scientist once suggested that this feature was the consequence of the fact that early people’s ears used to be pointy. It is believed that those who possess this distinction(no more than 10% of the world’s population) are better at sensing voice tonality. Such people can also hear high-frequency sounds and clearly identify particular sounds, even in noisy places.
#12 Sneezing with your eyes open
Do you know that you can't sneeze with your eyes open? The common explanation of this phenomenon is that your eyeballs will flip out of your face. Although this possibility is rare, there are some actual cases around the history of people losing their eyes this way. Scientists claim that this is an involuntary reflex to avoid microbes from getting into our eyes.
#13 Touching the nose with the tongue
The ability to touching the nose with the tongue can only be performed by 10% of all people. This ability is completely inherited. You may be able to do this move with some practice, but don't force yourself as this one is really a rare capability.
#14 Tickle Yourself
We all have a ticklish spot or two, which are never a secret from the ones we love. Gentle tickling is fun - so one can be tempted to "auto-tickle" to amuse oneself. But alas, you can't tickle yourself, and scientists actually know why.
Sarah-Jayne Blakemore of the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London explains:
The answer lies at the back of the brain in an area called the cerebellum, which is involved in monitoring movements. Our studies at University College London have shown that the cerebellum can predict sensations when your own movement causes them but not when someone else does. When you try to tickle yourself, the cerebellum predicts the sensation and this prediction is used to cancel the response of other brain areas to the tickle.