Interesting facts about fingers

Posted on Mar 12, 2022      209

Blood for analysis is most often taken from the ring finger. This is because it is less involved, unlike the index and middle fingers. The skin on it does not become rough, because it is rarely involved in any activity. The puncture is less painful. The little finger is directly connected to the membranes of the hand. It is also unsuitable for drawing blood. Of infection, and it spreads quickly through the hand.

The forefinger, middle finger, and ring finger are considered the strongest fingers in humans. An adult person with outstretched limbs of the hand can support the weight of 55 kg, in a bent state much more.

Throughout life, a person bends his fingers about 25 million times.

Representatives of the Finnish, Tatar and Persian languages also call the finger ringless. Specialists believe this phenomenon is because of faith. They are convinced that the finger is endowed with magical properties, so it is forbidden to call it by name.

The custom of using fingerprints as identification comes from antiquity and is still alive today. Thus illiterate people of all times and peoples leave their fingerprints on documents instead of their signatures. And in Japan, the fingerprints of the 1st and 3rd fingers are used instead of a stamp on particularly important documents.

The fingerprint you have just made weighs only 0.000001 grams. It is composed of fat, salt, proteins and water, which the skin and the ink itself releases.

Fingers are some of the most sensitive parts of the human body. They can pick up vibrations, the amplitude of which is only 0.002 mm.

On the feet, only the big toes have a name. Nothing definitive has been invented for the rest.

A rare mutation in the SMARCAD1 gene can lead to dermatoglyphic, a genetic disorder expressed by the absence of human fingerprints. Currently, there are only four documented families worldwide that have been diagnosed with dermatoglyphic.

The erroneous belief that the ancient Roman spectators at the Colosseum chose life or death for the defeated man by pointing their thumb up or down came about after the painting ‘Pollice Verso’ by the artist Jean-Léon Gérôme, who knew little of Latin culture. In fact, the thumb bent in any direction meant death for the defeated, symbolizing the naked sword. And to grant life. A clenched fist was shown, alluding to the sword hidden in its scabbard.

During the Hundred Years’ War, the French cut off the middle and index fingers of captured English and Welsh archers. Thus, they could not use their bows to shoot. Later, the victorious English showed the French the presence of the middle finger - thus the infamous “fuck you” gesture appeared. And their middle and index fingers in the letter's shape V - “victory” or “victory.