10 Weird and Wonderful Human Body Parts
The human body can be as weird as it is wonderful. While most people may think they know
what "normal" is, nature can play weird tricks. Check out these 10 weird and wonderful facts
about unusual human bodies.
1. Some People Have Different Colored Eyes
Heterochromia is the scientific term for having eyes of different colors. It's more common in wild animals, but humans can have the condition, too. It's startling to see. The effect results from an imbalance of pigments in the irises. It's often caused by an accident, but it can also be genetic.
2. More Than 10 Fingers and Toes
Polydactyl people are more common than you might think. One in every 1,000 babies are born with extra fingers or toes. The extra digits are smaller than usual and often lack bones. While it's odd to see extra fingers and toes, they're harmless. In most cases, surgery can correct the condition.
3. People with Tails
It doesn't happen often, but sometimes a child is born with what looks like a tail. In fact, these are elongated bones extending from the base of the spinal column. Unlike a real tail on a monkey, say, this human "tail" has no motility. Surgery can remove it.
4. What's the Uvula?
Everybody has a uvula. It's that weird little blob of flesh hanging at the back of your mouth. Other animals don't have one. No one knows what it's for, although it produces saliva.
5. Three Nipples
Sometimes people are born with more than two nipples. Men are more likely to have three or more nipples than women. Often, the extra nipples are smaller than normal ones and can be mistaken for warts. They can appear anywhere on the body, even on the face.
6. Webbed Fingers and Toes
Are you syndactyl? About one out of every 2,500 babies is born with fingers or toes joined by flesh "webbing". Contrary to popular belief, it doesn't make you a better swimmer.
7. Doubles Dentures
Having two rows of teeth may be more common than you might imagine. About two-thirds of children grow their adult teeth before their "milk teeth" fall out. While it looks weird, it's usually not a problem. Where the gums get overcrowded, the dentist can resolve the issue by extracting the unwanted teeth.
8. The Roving Adam's Apple
The so-called "Adam's apple" is part of the larynx or "voice box". It grows larger and more visible in men than in women. The larger and more prominent the Adam's apple is, the deeper that person's voice will be.
9. Where Will the Baby's Dimple Be?
Dimples are small hollows under the skin where muscles meet. In babies and women, they're considered cute. There's also evidence they run in families.
10. The Appendix
No one understands why we have an appendix. If it's removed, it makes no difference to the way your body functions. Some scientists think it's a residual organ whose original purpose is lost in evolutionary history.
The human body shows amazing variety from common differences in height, shape, hair and skin color, to the more unusual ones described in this article. In the past, a person with different colored eyes, say, or webbed hands, might have been thought of as a witch or cursed. But in these more enlightened times, many people feel it's time to celebrate human diversity and concentrate on what people have in common rather than the differences between them.
By Austin G. Hackney