July 26, 2002
completely random

I have a class with this girl who has really bizarre toes. I guess really it's only one bizarre toe. Anyway. Her second toe is a whole toe-joint-length longer than the rest of them, and pokes out in a jaunty sort of way before going for a full 90 degree turn at the very end. This girl wears nothing but open-toed sandals, so I am completely mesmerized by her mutant toe, and this makes it very hard to pay attention in what is usually a painfully boring class. The teacher drones on about postmodernism, I stare at the mutant toe. The teacher drones on about appropriationist art. I imagine the foot with the mutant toe, flipping me off, because, well, that's what it looks like it's doing. The teacher starts a lengthy monologue about 1960's architectural movements. I stare at the toe. The teacher addresses me directly, and suddenly I am torn away from my mutant toe reveries. I realize everybody in the class knows I'm staring at this girl's foot. But I can't resist! It's so freakish! She has a giant silver toe ring ON THE MUTANT TOE, fer chrissakes!

I try really hard not to look at it anymore.

Posted by kia at July 26, 2002 01:36 AM

I worked with a guy who had thumbs that looked like toes and I had the same problem. Every meeting that I had with him I would find my attention slowly wandering back to his toe-thumbs. Shocked, I would yank my eyes away and try and look at anything else - anything except his hands on the desk with the massive toes splaying out tauntingly across the table. His hands had a magnetic presence (or their own gravitational pull?) and inevitably a couple minutes later I would find my attention locked back on the toe-thumbs. It litterally looked like someone had removed his regular thumbs and replaced them with two fat hammer-headed big toes.The toe-thumbs next to the other regular fingers made them look even more stumpy and out of proportion by comparison.

It was mesmerizing - and I wasn't the only one who noticed either. My coworker-friend with whom I attended this first meeting with the toe-thumb guy with walked out of the meeting similarly dazzled.

"Did you see....?"
"...his thumbs? They were like TOES, man!"

We dubbed him FingerToes, which was actually a misnomer since it was his toe-fingers that caught our attention. We could only hope that the thumbs trapped in his shoes were OK not sharing the spotlight with his magnificent Toe...thumbs.

Posted by: beca on July 26, 2002 09:09 AM

Mutant Pride! Mutant Nation! Mutant Rage!

Posted by: bug on July 26, 2002 10:26 AM

I actually met and got to shake the hand of a guy who had gotten his thumb blown off and had his big toe sewn on in place of it. He seemed to enjoy offering his handshake to people and seeing their reactions. He builds flame-throwing robots in San Francisco.

Posted by: bug on July 26, 2002 10:28 AM

It's called "Great Toe Transplantation". See my Zori Page, http://www.washedashore.com/rants/zori/
and scroll down to the 'Strange fact'.

Posted by: ben on July 30, 2002 10:21 PM

i hate.

Posted by: on November 1, 2002 01:20 PM

medical personnel or anyone with pertinent info:

i am trying to track down the source of an apparent birth defect in my family.

father and grandfather had 'big toe' thumbs. (thumbs looked like big toes'.

in my generation both brother and sister were internally mirrored from the normal placement of internal organs.

i have had also abnormalities re. physical.

all have lived apparently normal lifestyles.

thank you for any info on the subject.


Posted by: xedop on November 5, 2002 06:14 AM

Hey ...Lol couldn't help noticing this topic..finding it hilarious to hear the other side of the story. I have "toe-thumbs" ...they look like toes..what can i say....its not like my fault..they just do..so lol ppl at school call me "toey"...seriously....lol good times...i love my thumbs..they're ....special..


Posted by: Allison on December 1, 2002 01:34 AM

i am also have this apparent defect my thumbs look like big toes my nail is so small and my thumb is stubby and rounded it has like 1/4 less of a normal persons thumb it's very round i don't understand it one of my cousins on my mother's side has the same thing except he has one toe thumb and one normal thumb i don't see how that could have happend... if there is an explanation for why this occurs please write back...

Posted by: jackson on February 12, 2003 11:34 AM

Well this is one thing I couldn't pass up writing about. I thought I was the only one in the world who had thumbs that look like toes. Short wide stubby thumbs. All through my childhood, and to this day, my friends say "Hey show so and so your toe thumbs." or "Let me see your thumbs again." If it wasn't for this wonderful thing called the internet, I would still believe I was the only one. Any other "toe-thumbs" please drop me a line. Oh, one of my favorite lines from a friend was "How would you hitchhike?" karrie32073@aol.com

Posted by: Karrie on March 4, 2003 12:15 AM

I am excited to hear of other people with toe-thumbs. I catch hell from my family and friends over my deformity. The only genetic link that I have of my thumbs is that my great-aunt has them too. Except I looked at my four year old daughter's hands the other day- she has them too! Poor kid!

Posted by: Anna on March 4, 2003 06:31 PM

Oh what a scream! I never knew I had thumbs that were different till someone in elementary school said "what's wrong with your thumbs???!!!" I was like "whaddayamean???"

That started my lifelong thumb obsession. I look at everyone's thumbs. I noticed when I was young, that no one in my entire family had them. Not siblings, parents, grandparents or cousins. It made me feel very left out.

One of my first cousins moved far away when she was married, (my Father's, brother's daughter.) I never met her children till years later. Then I saw that her 11 year old boy had one!!! I freaked!!! Then at least I knew which side of my family they came from.

They are not as big as a big toe, just kind of shaped that way. The nail is wide but shallow if that makes any sense, and a fake nail on there makes it look somewhat better! Somewhat :-) !

In H.S. I spotted a girls thumb and it looked like mine, I excitedly said to her "Let me see your thumbs!!!!!!"
and she said "NO!" and hid her thumb in her hand. I then knew we were "sisters of the thumb" I said to her "Look!!!" and showed her mine! She showed me hers and I saw she only had one.

I told her "You are so lucky, you only need to hide one, at least you have one normal one!" She told me "Oh no, you're the lucky one, at least you have a matching pair"! We laughed so hard, we became the best of friends!

As self conscious as I was about them...(I hid them my whole life with my fingers wrapped around them)...all my boyfriends always thought they were cute. Ain't love grand?!? One even gave them the nickname "turtles" because I was always hiding them in my hands like turtles retreat into their shell.

As far as Karrie's friend said "How would you hitchhike?" When I was little, a summer camp councelor saw my discomfort with them, and told me she read a book called:
"Even Cowgirls Get The Blues"
about a girl with big thumbs, who discovered her thumbs were magical and they would take her anywhere that she wanted to go, if she hitchhiked! LOL!!! I never found the book to read, but I heard years later that Shelley Duval made a movie about the book!

I am an artist. I like to think my thumbs are like Sampson's hair...they are part of what makes me special!!! Thumbs up! ;-)

Love & Light, Tee

Posted by: Tee on March 10, 2003 06:02 PM

dude, i'm so weirded out......i just discovered my friggin big toe on my left foot actually "towes" the other one......it's like the're "one" or somthin'. i just don't get it and not to mention..my friend discovered that her middle toe on her left foot also was mutant, it's smaller than all the other ghuys!!! WHY!!! why do we have mutant frikin toes!!!!

Posted by: Al on April 13, 2003 12:40 AM

Glad to know there are many other toe-thumbers out there. I never even realized mine were that different until I was an adult. Luckily never had to endure teasing in school. After I realized my thumbs were different, then I started really noticing my big toes. They are the same way. Stubby. The left one is even probably half inch or more shorter than the right! Is there a name for these deformities? (besides the wisecrack names). I'd like to do more research but I'm not finding much info. neva horsesmyass@hotmail.com

Posted by: neva on May 18, 2003 08:58 AM

dude i sooo have a toe thumb. only one though, on my left hand. its not a real toe it just looks like one, really stubby and short and what not. If anyone knows why this is so, those of you who also have them, then please let me know. im very confused and somtimes embarresed of my freakishnes!

Posted by: Renee on May 22, 2003 08:38 AM

ive been tormented all my life because of what my friends call "cobra thumbs". I'm glad i'm not the only one who has it. THUMB PRIDE! But wait are there any treatments or surgeries.

Posted by: on May 22, 2003 10:29 PM

This is fantastic! I, too, have been cursed with toe thumbs and I will agree that fake nails at least help some. I just met for the FIRST time in my 30 years a girl who also has them. We work out at the same gym and when she noticed me opening a stick of gum, she asked to see them and after I protested and laughed, she showed me hers. Her mom had one normal one and one toe thumb. Strange, indeed. NOBODY in my recent family history has them. I haven't a clue where they came from. I've always hated them, but when I saw them for the first time a week ago on this other person, I thought they were kinda cute. Funny how they weren't so bad with a change of perspective. FYI, I found out that they have a real name of "Pygmy Thumbs" (I know, not a cute name) and they represent a volatile temper.

Posted by: Ash on June 4, 2003 07:09 AM

I along with many of you am a toe-thumber I hate the damn thing,and its on on my right which suck cause i do everything right handed so chics can easily see it and be disguisted by it.Does anyone know if theres a surgery for it or something to make it look like my other normal thumb.PLLLEEEEAAAAASSEEE email me or post something if ther is Thanks


Posted by: Andrew on June 10, 2003 07:42 PM

Yeah, Stubby Thumbs... me too.

My Aunt on my fathers side had them... and so do I.

Anyone know what the scientific term for it is?


Posted by: Doug on June 20, 2003 04:33 AM

I found a site online that has palmistry info on our thumbs its at www.palmistryonline.co.uk
I found the name Murders Thumb a little unsettling.......Karrie

Posted by: on June 28, 2003 03:50 PM

So I see I'm not alone in the world with my funky thumbs. Both hands are the same, but interestingly enough, my toes are perfectly normal. No one in my entire family has them. Still I HATE THEM!

Posted by: Tim on June 29, 2003 05:10 PM

yes I have the dreeded toe thumbs also,You grow to love them over the years but never get used to them.My theory of the one toe thumb on one hand is thumbsucking, as a child into adulthood could be the case some only sucked one thumb as a child.hence the one toe thumb.I myself have an almost matching pair,close but no cigar.I always notice everybodies thumbs and always let down to see they have somewhat normal thumbs.I am very interrested in seeing or meeting people with these very special didgets I'd like to see what graet suols there attatched to.

Posted by: Mike on August 8, 2003 12:17 AM

I've been trying for a long time to find out the name of these thumbs, but no luck. I myself have normal thumbs but I work with someone who has the "toe-thumbs". What is the real name of these thumbs?!!!!!!

Posted by: rblev777 on August 9, 2003 06:35 PM

I have never sucked my thumbs, maybe I didn't realize I had any since they r so short!

Posted by: karrie on August 12, 2003 09:31 AM

My left thumb is a quarte inch shorter than my normal right thumb. The thumbnail is wide and short. What is the medical term for this defect? Please e-mail me a response.

Posted by: eric on September 12, 2003 03:00 PM

I love my toe thumbs! People are so amazed by them, too. For awhile, I thought it was only girls who had toe tumbs because I knew 5 other girls in my high school that had them but no boys. I've met about 10 or 12 people with toe thumbs but only one has been a boy. I asked an orthopedist why I had them and if there was a name for them but he had never seen anything like them. He told me it looked like someone had sewn my big toe onto my hand. They are most likely genetic but no one in my family has them. Well, whatever the reason for them, i think they are great! If anyone finds out any real informatoin on them, please post it!

Posted by: beth on September 22, 2003 06:48 AM

It's nice to know that there are others out there with toe-thumbs. My boyfriend has dubbed them "thoes" because they look like thumbs and toes. When I was young I used to ask my Mom to let me have cosmetic surgery to shave down the bone so they wouldn't be so fat. She of course told me no because that is the way God made me. I once heard that having toe-thumbs means you are a carrier of the disease PKU. I asked my Mom and she said that I had tested positive for PKU when I was born but it was determined that I was only a carrier. She is a carrier too but she doesn't have toe thumbs so I'm not sure how much truth there is to that theory. I am just blown away that there is an actuall site about toe-thumbs!!

Posted by: Kasey on September 24, 2003 03:12 PM

omg! i have toe thumbs too! i always asked if i could look at peoples thumbs to see if someone else had them, i had never seen anyone else withthem until now! im soooo happy!

Posted by: brandi on October 3, 2003 10:57 AM

I to have toe thumb - however I'm one of the few who have had it done on purpose having lost my right thumb in a farm accident and had my right big toe grafted to my hand - looks not so great but works wonderfully - try holding t.p. or squishing beer cans without a thumb - however, I do fear that someday my right foot will probably be arthritic and very painful to walk on.

Posted by: mary on October 5, 2003 07:44 AM

I do not have a toe thumb. I know someone who does! Two people who do, actually. Poor hillbilly Mary. I guess your foot will be hurting... I feel sorry for you. I really do... :(

Posted by: Darrin on October 8, 2003 03:46 PM

omg! I'm very sorry. I have been reading further and I saw a whole bunch of people with sorta the same problem. I'm very, very sorry Mary.

Posted by: Darrin on October 8, 2003 03:49 PM

I actually developed a character for my thumbs...i call her marta flip-her-head...she's a cartoon figure closely resembling the 'Zena' era, with a sword...my girlfriend thinks i'm nuts...thank God she does not think my thumbs are gross like i do...i'm all about gay pride but thumb pride??? what the hell is wrong with my thumbs??? They look like ET when his neck is raised...with the power of the 'Hulk', the damn things could break through concrete...

Posted by: marta on October 9, 2003 12:05 PM

The disorder is actually called "Nail Patella Syndrome" and it is quite serious-all kidding aside, my eyes are terrible and I have an appt. next month to see an opthamologist--GET your's checked ya'll and your kidneys and colon as well..what a mess this disorder is....previously known as marta...

Posted by: tonib0910@yahoo.com on October 9, 2003 03:26 PM

My dad is a potter and he's found that people with abnormal thumbs--especially those with thumb toes are more artistic than many of the other people who come to his tudio, even if these people have never done pottery before. Toe thumbs are a good thing! Also one of my great friends has toe thumbs, and I love her thumbs, they are so awesome. Once someone called them a birth defect and her friend said that no, they were not a defect but a beuty mark, be optimistic, toe thumbs are awesome!

Posted by: Steph on October 13, 2003 03:00 PM

FYI, the medical term is Brachydactyly Type D. As others have stated, it is also known as "murderer's thumb" or "potter's thumb"
See this Johns Hopkins U link:

Posted by: Tim on October 18, 2003 03:58 AM

i have toe thumbs an there relly cool. people always say hey u have toe thumbs or wats wrong with ur thumbs then i show them the other one an there like oh my god. i think there really cool but i have never known anyone else with them i think its cool heaps of ppl have them.we should make a club!!!!!!!

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Posted by: w4er on November 13, 2003 05:06 PM

I can't believe it. I was bored so I decided to surf the web to see why I am the only member of my family that has short, fat, thumbs. Little did I know that I would come upon this site. I have really never met anyone that has these types of thumbs, even though I look all the time. So you can understand the thrill that I felt when I found out that I was not the only one. Anyhow, it's cool to know that I am not the only one out there that has these kind of thumbs and I wish the rest of you good luck.

Posted by: chris on December 5, 2003 02:38 PM

I have one of these "toe thumbs" on my right hand, been hiding it all my life. Got even more discouraged when I stumbled on it in a book one day as a "murderer's thumb". Then I started to search it on the internet, getting frustrated at the string of "bad" characteristics I ran across. Thankfully i'm running into not so much bad stuff now and looking on the good side this funky little thumb.

Posted by: Paula on January 8, 2004 04:30 PM

Yeah, I've got 'em too. My younger sister has them and my older sister has one toe thumb and one regular one. We got them from my mother's side of the family. I have always tried to hide them and I have done a good job, I guess, since very few people have ever commented on them. It's probably not that big of a deal but who wants to be different? I have never met anyone else who has them, but I'm always looking. It's neat to find out that there are many other stubbers out there.

Posted by: Jackson on January 17, 2004 05:17 PM

I have "toe thumbs"....I never knew they were called this....I am so excited to have found this site...its been a ahrd road for me with my thumbs...I constantly hide them and have even found ways to hold objects (such as a glass of water, pencil, fork, spoon, etc) in a way so that people wont see them....seriously I know they are not that bad but I really would want to find out if theres a surgery to fix them...WOW this is so cool for the first time, I dont feel alone with my thumbs

Posted by: o.gonzalez on January 18, 2004 09:25 PM

i have a toe thumb and so does my roomate erica we have been mocked so many times and we just want to know why our thumbs are soooooooo ugly. I mean everyone wants to see them but they are sooooo ugly they are short flat and fat why do you tourture us?????????

Posted by: Sarah on January 20, 2004 01:37 PM

I have the same type of thumbs and I hate them. Is there any known reconstructive surgery that would some how correct this?

Posted by: Tony on February 5, 2004 08:21 AM

hi i also have toe thumbs
well toe thumb...on my left hand
i tried to hide it all my life, i remember when i was a kid and i got a cut on my right thumb so i wore a bandaid for so long..and when i took it off...i thought the bandaid made my thumb look normal...so i looked at my baby pictures to see if my right thumb was a stub, but it wasnt it was regular this whole time! but i tried to put a bandaid on my left thumb to try if it out, but it didnt work!
my first incounter with a toe thumb was in grade 3 this girl had both of her thumbs, toe thumbbed!
i put a bandaid to cover up my toe thumb when i first went out with my first serious gf, but i couldnt keep it there forever, so one day she asked where my cut was so i had to show her my toe thumb

Posted by: joe thumb on February 18, 2004 10:22 AM

Hi everyone who has "those" like us. We met eachother in Chico Ca and quickly noticed that we both had pygmy toes! It was love at first hammer toe siting. It's nice to be with someone that completely understands your disfigurement. But, yeah, don't hide them, they're beautiful, unique, and should be shown off to those un-toe thumb people who are less fortunate.

Posted by: Katie and Vince on February 21, 2004 12:38 AM

Yes...me too! I have been cursed with these awful toe thumbs! I am a pretty girl with a pretty face, cute figure, nice legs, the whole package...just with some f*cked up lookin' thumbs. I always hide them. I am constantly looking and admiring other peoples hands and fingers and NEVER have seen anyone with my type of thumbs. My 7 year old has been cursed with them too. I always get pedicures because it is too humiliating to get a manicure...plus they probably don't even make a nail large enough for my toe thumbs. I don't think my thumbs are special or unique. I truly hate them. Even though I try to hide them, I always catch people looking at them... I REALLY REALLY HATE THAT!!! I feel like poking their eyes out with my thumbs!!! You all just don't know!
I feel that I am lucky to even have a husband.(who wants a wife with f*cked up thumbs)
My thumbs are never spoken of between us...we have never ever had a conversation about them. It's almost like an unspoken thing. But he knew I had them and still married me.
One time I was dating this guy(not my husband).
And he took me to dinner and we sat next to each other - not across. I was drinking my water and I caught him looking at my thumbs in disgust. After the dinner he took me home and never called me again. (I knew it was my thumbs) JERK!
But it's all good, cause I have the best husband in the world.
Oh yeah...when I had my first ever manicure(not fake nails)the lady doing my nails said, "These are what we call 'hammerhead thumbs." It was the first and the last manicure I ever got.
I really hate living with these toe thumbs. Glad there are others out there like me.

Posted by: Tina on March 3, 2004 11:34 PM

I come from a family blessed with toe thumbs, my oldest sister has one on the left hand and one of those odd hitch-hiker thumbs on the right. My middle sister has two toe thumbs, and I have one on the left as well. My oldest sisters oldest daughter has two as well, and im still waiting on my daughter, hard to tell, shes almost four. I have met two other girls, who have them as well, one has two, and the other has one on the left hand. As odd as these thumbs are supposed to be, for me they are quite normal. I have always been proud of mine even when someone asked what was wrong with it, I look at it as a point of fascination, so when I found this site I was more then glad to share my history with you all. I think that the technical name for the thumb is funnier then the actual thumb...BACTYDACTYLY...more common potters thumb or murderers thumb... now thats funny. Thank you all for sharing.

Posted by: Beverly on March 25, 2004 05:45 PM

i thought this whole subject was about one girls freakish mutant toe.. and then i'm readin stuff about toe thumbs and... yea... i don't have toe thumbs .. but my feet are deformed i guess you could say... i don't know of anyone in my family with it.. they said it was passed down... like on my pointer and middle toe on my left foot has no toe nails.. and they are really short and so are all my other toes except my big toe.. which manages to look incredibly stupid compared to my other toes.. and on my right foot my toes are not even.. but they are all small.. so people call me stubby since 1st grade.. watch,, people from my school prob know it's me.. ha i have never heard of anyone else with this.. the docs say that in girls.. they have no toe nails but for guys the toes are all curled and stuff .. anyway yea..but no toe thumbs.. everything else is pretty normal.... yea ok

Posted by: ...Elf on April 17, 2004 09:39 PM

i have no nail on my toes, i,m just trying to find out if there is anyoneelse like that

Posted by: tanish on April 29, 2004 09:46 AM

Yeah, I have "toe-thumbs" too. I hate them. They're so ugly! Is there, like, some kind of surgery you can get to make them normal? Cuz my thumbs are hideous!

Posted by: Christine on May 16, 2004 12:25 PM

my left thumb is perfectly normal but my right thumb bone is wider and shorter and the nail looks rectangle... i didnt really notice until someone grabbed my thumb and went "err!" and since then iv been pretty self conscious about it!!
my grandma also has one "toe thumb", but i haven't really talked to her about it... cos i dont like to mention it.
i really dont like it because i feel like ppl look at it strangely.. my hands r so small and dainty... and then theres THAT..
my bf said to me the other day "ur hands r so dinky" but he hasn't seen my thumb yet :o( i mean how exactly do i tell him im deformed?
a girl said earlier that ppl look at her thumbs, well they look at mine 2..

Posted by: sam on May 31, 2004 05:04 PM

my left thumb is perfectly normal but my right thumb bone is wider and shorter and the nail looks rectangle... i didnt really notice until someone grabbed my thumb and went "err!" and since then iv been pretty self conscious about it!!
my grandma also has one "toe thumb", but i haven't really talked to her about it... cos i dont like to mention it.
i really dont like it because i feel like ppl look at it strangely.. my hands r so small and dainty... and then theres THAT..
my bf said to me the other day "ur hands r so dinky" but he hasn't seen my thumb yet :o( i mean how exactly do i tell him im deformed?
a girl said earlier that ppl look at her thumbs, well they look at mine 2..

Posted by: sam on May 31, 2004 05:06 PM

I didnt notice that my left thumb was wider, shorter, and toe-ey until 6th grade when i was 11 or 12. I am 16 now. I absolutely HATE it...it's so ugly compared to my normal right thumb. I always hide it by putting my left hand into a fist. I am glad I am right handed because that way I dont use it as much. Everyone who I have showed it to tells me it's so cute but I guess they say that to make me feel better haha. There is a guy in my school who has ALL 10 fingers like that!!!

Posted by: celine on June 1, 2004 01:16 AM

poor guy!! i thought u only meant that he had both thumbs like that...
i really hate that its my right thumb, cos im right handed.. and when im writing, im sure ppl must notice... but then again i would hate for it to be my left.. just because it wud be my wedding hand.. and when i get married i want a picture of it!
i suppose it could be worse in that i could have no thumb at all.. or one that doesn't work.. but still i am a girl, and i want to have pretty hands.. and i dont want ppl to look at me weirdly
i haven't showed it ne 1.. not purposely ne way..
not even my mum, she just noticed it... :o(

Posted by: Sam on June 1, 2004 03:52 AM

This is hilarious. I love it :) Toe thumbs of the world, unite!

Posted by: Melissa on June 13, 2004 01:48 AM

I LOVE the internet! Who would have thought that surfing the web looking for medical info on my malformed thumb would lead me to all you Thumb Sisters and Brothers : )
I've been embarrassed all my life and have gotten my share of rude comments. And I'm so jealous of girls with nice hands and nails who get manicures. But now that I'm a little older, I'm okay with it, if I find myself hiding my thumb out of reflex, I make it a point to unhide it. I do want to know what this means medically. I consider myself normal and healthy, but is there some hereditary flaw lurking within? In any case, it's great reading all these posts, I suddenly don't feel so Abby Normal : )

Posted by: thumbalina on June 13, 2004 06:18 PM

C'mon people....don't be so embarressed about the toe-thumbs. I have two toe-thumbs. I can't remember when I first noticed them, but in elementary school it was quite traumatizing. Remember the game 'Thumbs up 7-up'? Well, you can only imagine.

To the girls....get your manicures, why should you miss out....and screw those people that point and laugh and look at you strangely.

We must all come to terms with having the toe-thumbs. They make us different and we should all be proud of that. There are definitely worse things in life.

Posted by: Alyssa on June 18, 2004 06:16 AM

My best friend Matt has the "Big Ass" thumbs goin on.It was a while before I really noticed, then one day I was like "Siht man, those are huge!"

Once, I went out with his sister and we were standing in line at a store and I looked down at her hand and she had one fat thumb like Matt's. Then I looked at her other hand and it was normal.
Me being the ass I can be, pointed it out to her after a coupla minutes of gazing at her thumb. She got a bit embarrased about it, then we chuckled about it afterward.

Posted by: Destro on June 24, 2004 10:34 PM

Yup, I,ve got one (on left hand). My family teased me and I hated it for years. For the first time last week (I'm 32) I met someone else who had just the one. And now I've seen this site. Some comments made me laugh, the frustration of having this wierdo digit.
I would like to say though, that as a ceramic designer who has to do demonstrations in front of people, I don't care so much anymore.
When people ask, I sometimes tell the it got cut off in a machinery accident just to freak them out. When I then tell them it's just a minor imperfection, they've lost interest in it and can't be bothered to make a joke of it.
So, I would rather have this thumb to make my work than not have one at all. Let's get real. If it works, we are very lucky.

Posted by: helen on June 27, 2004 08:24 AM

I have a big ugly toe-thumb too. Man!! It is ugggggggggllllllllly! I try and cover it with acrylic nails so no one notices....but it's still fugggggllllly!!!! But I'm pretty fugly too! Adding to my list of self worthlessness, this ranks in the top ten!

Posted by: Johnna on July 8, 2004 10:06 PM

Thumb people, unite! In German, there's a word for the condition, more colorful than brachydactyly type D, "Stumpeldubm." In English, here are the most common descriptions I've found:
murderer's thumb
stub thumb
club/ clubbed thumb
potter's thumb
toe thumbs
hammerhead thumbs
It looks like they show up in about 1 in 1000 people in the general population, but they're more popular with women than men. 3/4 of people with one stumb thumb have two stub thumbs.

Palmologists think we're obstinate and aggressive. As a child, I used to like to scare the other children by waving my thumbs in their faces until they ran away screaming. Nowadays, what do us stubthumbers do, we spend enough time on the internet to find a stub thumb discussion and then take the time to post to it.. so maybe the palmologists are right...

Anyways, people rarely notice stub thumbs. So for those of you who want surgery, forget about it, spend your spare cash on laser hair removal or botox or breast implants or electric nose hair clippers.. more people will notice.

Posted by: Murphy on July 12, 2004 08:45 PM

I finally found you guys! I am so glad to know there is a whole mess of you all out there! My sister always teased me about my "toe thumbs". They never really bugged me though. I always figured God made them like that for a reason and someday I would find out what it was.

Posted by: edkela on July 18, 2004 10:48 PM
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