Superheroes are born out of adversity, with unique traits that make them stand out of a crowd, well whether or not you’ve seen them there are real-life superheroes that walk among us every day – don’t believe us? just check out the list below. Everyone’s parents probably told them they are special snowflakes at one point or another and that they are not like anyone else on the planet, which is true, but some people out there are even more extraordinary. votreART has curated a list of people with rare physical traits that might make you do a double take. From extra or missing digits to unique hair colorings and birthmarks these people are walking anomalies, scroll down below to check it out and don’t forget to upvote your favs!
#1 My Friends Newborn Baby Was Born With The Same Birthmark In Her Hair As Her Mother
Most of us have a birthmark somewhere on our skin, but this mom and daughter share one on their head. The condition is called Poliosis and results in the absence of melanin on any hairy part of the body. This unique birthmark can be inherited, or be caused by an autoimmune destruction of the pigment cells at the base of the hair.
#2 My Friend’s Iris Is Split In Half
Those are some pretty colored contacts right? Nope this person has heterochromia iridis, a genetic variation that manifests in multicolored eyes. The duel coloring is caused by an excess or lack of melanin resulting from genetics, disease or an injury. The perfect split you see in the image below is called sectoral heterochromia and occurs when there are two different colors in the same iris. There is a dominant color and then a splash of second one.
#3 I Have Only Four Fingers On My Left Hand, And Have And Index Finger Instead Of My Thumb
Symbrachydactyly is a condition where babies are born with an underdeveloped hand which causes them to have small, or in the case of the person below, missing fingers. Hand malformations are often treated with orthotics, prosthetics, physical therapy or in some cases surgery.
#4 I Have Waardenburg Syndrome, Which Made Me Deaf On One Ear, Makes My Hair White And Made My Eyes Different Colors
This man’s unique colorings are due to a rare genetic condition called Waardenburg syndrome, which affects the color of your skin, hair and eyes and can sometimes cause hearing loss. The condition is linked to mutations in at least six genes which help form the cells, primarily melanocytes which help give hair, skin, and eyes pigment. It is a congenital disorder which means that it is present starting at birth. About 1 in 42,000 people are affected by Waardenburg syndrome and there is no cure but is manageable.
#5 My Brother-In-Law Got A Thumb From Each Parent
Wether we like it or not we are all a combination of the genes our parents gave us. Each gene is a blueprint for our bodies and the ones from our parents contain information that informs everything from eye color to diseases to the characteristics of our thumbs.
#6 My Dad’s Index Tip Was Cut Off When He Was 10, My Index Is Shorter Than My Pinky
This case would require more scientific study. According to research as of now acquired characteristics are non-heritable characteristics of a living creature and that includes injuries and accidents. One possible explanation for this short index finger? a hand abnormality.
#7 I Was Born With A Scar On My Eye
No this photo wasn’t edited, that person really has a scar on their eye, or in medical terms – macular pucker. Macular pucker is a scar tissue that formed in the eye’s macula which is located in the retina. This part of the eye gives the eye sharp vision, so this condition can cause blurred and distorted vision. Macular puckers occur when the vitreous of the eye ( a gel-like substance on its interior) pulls away from the retina.
#8 My GF Was Born Without A Nail On A Finger. So Due To Popular Demand, We Put Google Eyes On It
Anonychia congenita is a genetic condition that can affect the fingernails and toenails. People with this abnormality are usually missing all of their nails but in some cases (hyponychia) only some fingernails or a partial nails are missing. Those affected by anonychia congenita do not have any other health conditions as a result of their condition.
#9 Ulnar Dimelia Or Mirror Hand Syndrome
Ulnar dimelia is a congenital deformity where the thumb is absent, the ulna is duplicated, and there are seven or eight fingers in the hand. The condition is often referred to as “mirror hand syndrome.” It is so rare that less than 100 cases have been reported in medical literature.
#10 My Boyfriend Has Freckles On Only Half Of His Face, I Think It’s Cool
This guy’s rare freckle pattern may seem like it’s a one-of-a-kind rarity but he’s not alone. Back in 2015, California woman, Samantha, went on The Doctors to ask them to explain when she had a freckle pattern that sharply went along only one side of her body. The answer- a very specific type of birthmark. “It’s a very specific type of birth mark which started when you were an embryo,” dermatologist Dr. Sonia Batra told her. “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.”
#11 My Dad Has 6 Fingers On Each Hand. He Uses 2 Fingers To Flip Someone Off
#12 I Was Born Missing My Right Pinky And Thumb
Out of all the babies born 10% are born with malformations of the hand. These congenital defects occur early in pregnancy and are sometimes inherited or a symptom of another condition. The person in this photo has a cleft hand (also called ectrodactyly or split hand) which occurs when the middle part of the hand develops abnormally. Babies with this condition are born missing one or more central fingers on the hand. There are two types of cleft hands: typical (V-shaped and usually missing or partially missing middle fingers); and atypical (U-shaped and usually involves only one hand).
#13 My Son Has Symmetrical Hair Whorls Which Go In Opposite Directions. This Allows Him To Grow A Natural Mohawk
This may look like a cool haircut but your barber might have a tough time replicating it. A hair whorl is a patch of hair that grows in a circular clockwise or counterclockwise direction. This hair abnormality has been studied by behaviorists to see if their is a genetic link between handedness and whirl direction, but nothing absolutely conclusive has been found.
#14 I Was Born Ready For This
#16 My Son Was Born With Natural Elf Ears
Stahl’s ear (also called Spock’s ear for all the Star Trek fans out there) is an ear deformity that results in a pointy ear shape as well as an extra cartilage fold. This abnormality is the result of a misshapen cartilage and when found in the first weeks of an infant’s life ear molding is a viable treatment.
#17 My Left Eye Is About 1/3 Grey
#18 I Was Born With A Condition Where My Right Thumb Is Unable To Bend
Trigger finger is a condition that is found in one or more tendons of the hand. The tendon that allows the thumb to flex is too swollen and locks. Eventually the the thumb completely locks and is unable to bend at all. This condition is present in 3.3 per 1000 live births.
#19 I Have Tentacles Under My Tongue- Apparently Not Everyone Does?
No this is not an elaborate Halloween prosthetic, these are what are called fimbriated folds of the tongue or plica frimbriata. The tentacle-like flaps occur when the folds that go alongside the frenulum (the tissue that connects the tongue to the bottom of the mouth) have small growths or skin tags on them. They are harmless but have the potential to get stuck in your teeth.
#20 I Was Born Without A Bridge In My Nose
#21 My Little Finger Is My Biggest Finger
What does it mean when your “little finger” is larger than the rest? Macrodactyly is a rare condition that causes an individual to have one or more fingers or toes that are much larger than the others. The exact cause is unknown but some believe is comes from an abnormal nerve or blood supply.
#22 My Wife Discovered That She And My Sister Both Have Syndactyly Connected Toes. They Celebrated Their Similar Trait With New Tattoos
#23 I Was Born With 6 Toes On My Left Foot And My Co-Worker Was Born With 4 Toes On Her Right Foot
Six toes is a very common birth defect called Hexadactyly, which literally translates to six digits. This condition usually manifests as an extra finger or toe on the side of the toes or in between. Extra digits are usually harmless and can be removed easily but in other cases can be the side effect of a more serious condition.
#25 Abnormally Pruney Fingers?? Every Time I Go Swimming With Anyone My Hands Are Always 10x More Wrinkly Than Anyone Else’s
#26 My Daughter Was Born With A Perfect Number 2 On Her Head
#27 My Kid Has One Streak Of Very Dark Hair
#28 Here Is An Example Of Ryder’s Polydactyly
#29 I Can See The Internal Bruising In My Finger When I Hold My Hand Up To The Light
#30 I Have A Single Line Across My Palm
#31 Half Of The Eyelashes On My Right Eye Are White
#32 My Big Toe Is… Not So Big
#33 I Was Born With 4 Fingers On My Left Hand
#34 I Was Born With A Condition That Lets Me Freely Bend My Thumbs Like This
#35 I Only Have One Joint In My Pinkies
#36 My Friends Foot. She Was Born With Joined Toes
#37 I Was Born Missing My Right Pinky Finger
#38 I Can Bend My Girlfriend’s Pinky All The Way To The Side Of Her Hand
#39 A Friend Of Mine Was Born With A Missing Sinew In His Middle Finger. It’s Naturally Curved
#40 Have A Look At My Bifurcated Uvula