What comes to your mind when you think about mutations? Laser vision? The ability to turn into a giant angry green monster? We hate to break it to you, but the reality is a little less sci-fi-esque. But that doesn’t mean certain small gene mutations and birthmarks can’t result in some cool features!
Bored Panda has compiled a list of people whose unique genetics made them stand out. From extra digits to tongue tentacles, we’re sure you’ve never seen anything like this before – check them out in the gallery below! And if you want more, check out our new post here.
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#1 My Friends Newborn Baby Was Born With The Same Birthmark In Her Hair As Her Mother
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This unique discoloration of the hair is the result of a condition called Poliosis, that results in melanin being absent from a certain part of a person’s hair or body. These types of birthmarks can be inherited – like in the case of this mother and her newborn!
#2 My Friend’s Iris Is Split In Half
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This is not a fancy contact lens – it’s actually a condition called heterochromia iridum. It is usually caused by an excess or lack of melanin, resulting from genetics, injury or disease.
#3 My Dad Has 6 Fingers On Each Hand. He Uses 2 Fingers To Flip Someone Off
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This condition is called polydactyly and is hereditary – this man’s son was also born with 12 fingers and toes but had removal surgery at a young age.
#4 Ulnar Dimelia Or Mirror Hand Syndrome
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Ulnar dimelia is a rare congenital deformity where a person’s ulna is duplicated and thumbs are absent, resulting in seven or even eight fingers on a hand. The condition is sometimes called the “mirror hand syndrome”.
#5 My Brother-In-Law Got A Thumb From Each Parent
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Looks like we inherit everything from our parents – even the shapes of our thumbs!
#6 My GF Was Born Without A Nail On A Finger. So Due To Popular Demand, We Put Google Eyes On It
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This condition is called anonychia congenita and affects the fingernails and the toenails. People affected by this condition are usually born without or with only a part of certain fingernails.
#7 My Son Was Born With Natural Elf Ears
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This condition, called Stahl’s ear, results in an extra cartilage fold leading to the pointy elvish ear shape.
#8 I Was Born Ready For This
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This person was born with Amniotic Band Syndrome and looks like their whole life led to this exact moment.
#9 I Have Only Four Fingers On My Left Hand, And Have And Index Finger Instead Of My Thumb
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Symbrachydactyly usually results in babies being born without or with underdeveloped fingers. This condition can be treated with prosthetics, physical therapy or surgery.
#10 I Was Born With A Scar On My Eye
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This condition is called macular pucker and is caused by scar tissue formed in the eye’s macula. It usually causes blurred and distorted vision to the person affected.
#11 My Son Has Symmetrical Hair Whorls Which Go In Opposite Directions. This Allows Him To Grow A Natural Mohawk
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Many behaviorists have studied hair whorls to find a genetic link between handedness and whirl direction but no conclusive results have been found so far.
#12 My Boyfriend Has Freckles On Only Half Of His Face, I Think It’s Cool
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A Californian woman with a similar condition went on The Doctors back in 2015 and dermatologists explained that this type of freckle pattern is actually a very specific birthmark. “And the pigment cells in your neural crest, some of them actually developed a mutation or a change and as the cells migrated over, it actually effects only half the body. ‘That’s why there’s such a sharp cut off,” explained dermatologist Dr. Sonia Batra.
#13 Half Of The Eyelashes On My Right Eye Are White
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This person says the discoloration of their eyelashes happened overnight when they were 11 – their mother even thought they bleached them somehow. It is actually a condition called Vitiligo and occurs when a person’s immune system is weak in a specific area, causing the color to disappear.
#14 My Left Eye Is About 1/3 Grey
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This condition is called sectoral heterochromia and may be inherited or caused by certain genetic mutations, disease or injuries.
#15 My Dad’s Index Tip Was Cut Off When He Was 10, My Index Is Shorter Than My Pinky
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The weird part about this case is that scientists say acquired characteristics are non-heritable, meaning a cut finger shouldn’t be passed along to an offspring. the reason for this is truly a medical mystery.
#16 I Have Tentacles Under My Tongue- Apparently Not Everyone Does?
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These elongated tentacles of the tongue are called plica fimbriata and are completely harmless – although they can get stuck between your teeth!
#17 My Wife Discovered That She And My Sister Both Have Syndactyly Connected Toes. They Celebrated Their Similar Trait With New Tattoos
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This condition, typically referred to as webbed toes, is pretty rare among humans, with only 1 in 2,000 – 2,500 newborns affected. Fun fact: Ashton Kutcher was born with webbed toes!
#18 A Friend Of Mine Can Grab Things Backwards
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This condition is called hypermobility and is more common among children. The extreme mobility usually decreases with age and only about 5% of adults have it.
#19 My Kid Has One Streak Of Very Dark Hair
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This condition is the opposite of poliosis – instead of having no melanin, areas affected by it have increased levels of melanin, resulting in a darker color.
#20 I Was Born With 6 Toes On My Left Foot And My Co-Worker Was Born With 4 Toes On Her Right Foot
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Maybe you can borrow one for her?
#21 I Was Born Missing My Right Pinky And Thumb
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Cons: harder to hold a fork, difficulties finding gloves.
Pros: can do a mad Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle impression.
#22 Five Fingers, No Thumb
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This condition, where a thumb is abnormally shaped, is called triphalangeal thumb. As the name suggests, the finger has three phalanges instead of two and can be treated with surgery. Only 1 in 25,000 children are born with the condition.
#23 I Was Born Without A Bridge In My Nose
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The person that posted this picture to Reddit shared one interesting fact: his nose never bleeds. Neat!
#24 I Was Born With A Condition Where My Right Thumb Is Unable To Bend
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This condition is called a trigger finger and results in the tendon that allows the thumb to bend being swollen and locking. Only about 3.3 children out of a 1,000 are born with it.
#25 My Daughter Was Born With A Perfect Number 2 On Her Head
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What happened to the one marked with the number 1? The parents joked that if she had a twin, she must have ate it.
#26 Abnormally Pruney Fingers?? Every Time I Go Swimming With Anyone My Hands Are Always 10x More Wrinkly Than Anyone Else’s
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Some scientists speculate our fingers ‘prune’ for it to be easier to grab things underwater but they are not entirely sure.
#27 My Little Finger Is My Biggest Finger
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So much for ‘little’ finger! Imagine the pinky promises this person could make.
#28 I Can See The Internal Bruising In My Finger When I Hold My Hand Up To The Light
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After this person posted a picture of their hand on Reddit, many users asked why aren’t the finger bones visible. The answer is because of the way skin and flesh diffuse light – imagine that you’re looking through frosted glass.
#29 Here Is An Example Of Ryder’s Polydactyly
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This baby was not only born with 12 toes but also with 12 fingers. Maybe they will come in handy when learning to count?
#30 I Have A Single Line Across My Palm
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