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Thursday, January 24, 2008 :::

Toe Finger

My friend C-Minus used to know a guy who had some skin graphed onto is pinky from his armpit after an accident when he was younger. When he hit puberty his pinky started to sprout pubic hair. I always thought that was really unfortunate and rather gross. But this is probably worse:

I've heard of appendage replacement operations like this before, but I've never actually seen an example of it until now. Kinda wish I hadn't. But my questions is: do they just leave the foot with no toe? Or do they replace that, too? Is it just a never ending cycle of replacing more important appendages with less important ones until finally all your toes and fingers are in the wrong place and your earlobes are missing? Where does it all end?

::: posted by dan at 11:11 PM :: [ link ] :: (5) comments Social Bookmark Button

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Don't people NEED their toes? I would think you would fall over without your big toe. Perhaps you just get used to the off balance.

By Anonymous Noelle, at 1:26 PM  

My neighbor had his big toe amputated last year and just last month had the rest of his toes on his right foot amputated. He seems to be getting around fine (off crutches.)

So, I guess, the toe, while helpful, is not indispensable.

By Blogger vespabelle, at 1:47 PM  

I seriously don't get this... you are cutting off a perfectly useful toe for what? A chubbed out nasty nailed really does seem like your digging yourself deeper...

By Blogger Stacy, at 2:51 PM  

Would Dr. Erik please verify the veracity of Dan's friend's tale vis-a-vis armpit hair growth on a pinky skin graft.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:00 PM  

I guess the carpenter just needed a "thumb" on his right(!) hand to be able to continue his specific work. But why the heck didn't they take one of the other toes?

By Anonymous European Dream, at 11:31 AM  

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