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    The thumb myth

    So there is a myth that creative people can move their thumb at an almost 90 degrees angle backwards.
    sorta like this: (found it on Google, some can do more)

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    So I was wondering if this is true, and why... Isn't just an anatomical "disorder"?
    Where did this myth came from?
    I knew someone who as a child just squashed her thumb so that she could do it, weird!

    So Can you do it? (how do i make a poll?)

    I personally can(more than in the pic), haven't found it much of an interest, but many people find it disgusting

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    No, but I can do this (pic is of someone else's hand):

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    Quote Originally Posted by crossmirage View Post
    No, but I can do this (pic is of someone else's hand):

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    I can do this as well, with every finger. It's kind of a pain in the ass when my left pinky locks up while I'm playing guitar.
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    yeah. That's gotta have some long term effects on your grip. I wouldn't do that often if I were you.
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    I think I got close to it. I'm an inbetween creative I guess.
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    I can

    Anyway why does the thumb have to determine whether you are creative or not? There are people who draw with their feet cause they have no hands. And they're good.
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    No, but the base of my thumb is very loose and people squirm when I move it. I can also bend the tips of my fingers like the pic crossmirage posted.
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    This is called shoemaker-thumb and is a form of hypermobility, because shoemakers were at an advantage when having this trait. I can do this on both my thumbs, and I never use my left hand when it comes to drawing or anything like that. I think it's an resessive heritable trait because neither my parents nor my siblings have it, which means that the allelles coding for this ain't dominant and only will be expressed when like recessive allelles only (bb) instead of one or two dominant allelles (BB or Bb). I don't know, just a guess based on how I think it might be. People having this trait often are hypermobile in other areas of the body, I can like put my legs in a position where the underside of my foot is pressing on my chest or stomach and I can also bend my arms in a sick way.
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    Well I can't do it, in fact my thumbs are nearly a perfect 90 degree angle, so I guess I'm not creative at all. :p
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    I bend weirdly everywhere so yes I can do it, I haven't really thought about it before, it does not surprise me and I don't think it really means anything creativity wise.
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    mine bends at 90 degrees.
    still i have to work my ass off hard if i wanna be successfull
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    Am I doing it right?

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    I'm double-jointed...my thumbs can be bent around the back of my hand. XD Fingers too. It kinda grosses some people out.
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