We have all heard stories or seen movies about superheroes and they all have a special trait that makes them separate from the others. But, did you know there are such unique people among us who are real just like you and me? We were all told that we are unique and special, however there are some people who are literally one of a kind. Here are 30 photos of people with rare physical traits that you will definitely find surprising.
1. A baby was born with the same birthmark as the mother
Majority of people have some birthmark on the body, but these two have the same birthmark at the same place. This is actually Poliosis, a condition that happens when there is melanin absence on a hairy part of the body. This is usually caused by an autoimmune destruction of the pigment cells or can be inherited like in this case.
2. An iris that is split in half
This can easily be achieved by wearing contacts, but this person actually has eyes that are multicolored. It is a condition called heterochromia iridis, which happens as a result of an injury, disease or simply genetics. The one on the photo is called heterochromia which means the iris has 2 different colors one of which is usually dominant and there is just a splash of the other one.
3. This man has 6 fingers on both hands, so he can flip someone off with 2 fingers
The condition this man has is called polydactyly and it runs in his family. Him and his son both have 12 fingers and toes, but his son had surgery when he was young. He has thumbs but they don’t bend at the knuckle, they can only be moved at the base of the fingers.
4. Mirror hand syndrome or Ulnar Dimelia
This is a deformity when there is duplication of the ulna that results in absence of thumbs but the appearance of seven or eight fingers. This is so rare that there were only 100 recorded occurrences.
5. This man inherited a thumb from both his parents
We all know that we are a combination of our parent’s genes, but in this case that combination is too obvious. This man has different thumbs that he got from each of his parents.
6. She was born without a nail, so they put googly eyes on it
This condition is genetic and can affect the fingernails or toenails. People who have anonychia congenita usually miss all of their nails but in some cases only a few are missing or just partially. People who have this condition don’t usually have other health problems as a result.
7. This boy was born with elf ears
This deformity results in an extra cartilage fold that gives the appearance of an elf ear. If noticed early enough it can be corrected with ear molding.
8. This person used humor as a way to cope
This is called amniotic band syndrome. The person in the photo said they used to arm wrestle and because of their condition they wanted to throw off their opponents before the match by shaking their hand.
9. This person is missing a finger on their left arm and they have an index finger instead of a thumb
This condition is called Symbrachydactyly and it is actually the case when people are missing fingers or sometimes they are underdeveloped. These malformations are often treated with physical therapy, prosthetics and surgery when possible.
10. A scar in the eye
Although it looks edited, this photo is actually real and it is a condition called macular pucker. This is scar tissue that forms in the macula and it happens when the interior gel-like substance of the eye called vitreous pulls itself away from the retina.
11. He has freckles on only half of his face
This man thought he was the only one with this kind of freckles until one woman reported having an unusual freckle pattern. However, it was determined that in fact she had a specific type of birthmark that started developing when she was just an embryo. When these pigment cells mutate or the cells migrate, it causes the sharp cut off that marks the borders of the birthmark clearly.
12. He has two symmetrical hair whorls that grow in different directions
It looks like a really cool haircut but I think every barber would have a hard time doing this on purpose. Hair whorls are normal patches of hair that cause the hair to grow in a certain direction, but this boy actually has two of them. Behaviorists studied the genetic background and whether there is a link between handedness and the direction of the whirl but they did not conclude anything definite.
13. This person has 1/3 of a grey eye
This is called sectoral heterochromia as only one part of the iris is of a different color compared to the rest of it. This condition is called by an injury, disease, chimerism or is sometimes inherited.
14. These Eyelashes look painted
This person woke up one day and saw half of her eyelashes were white. She was 11 at the time and her mom first thought that she bleached them. However, now more than half of her eyelashes were affected. This condition is called Vitiligo and it occurs when your immune system is weak in a particular part of the body which results in the absence of color pigmentation.
15. His index finger tip was cut off when he was 10, and his daughters index finger is almost the same size as her dad’s
This case would definitely require a more specialized scientific approach. Research show that it is impossible to inherit non-heritable characteristics that result from an accident or injury, so this case is probably just a weird coincidence.
16. A woman and her sister in law have the same connected toes so they celebrated with matching tattoos
This condition is well known as webbed toes and the medical term is syndactyly. It can affect fingers or toes and is very common among animals, but much rarer in humans. It occurs once in every 2000 to 2500 births.
17. Just one streak of very dark hair
The opposite condition of having a white streak but you normally have dark hair is called poliosis. However, there is no special name for this occurrence, so some people just call it a ‘birthmark’ or just a discoloration that will even out eventually.
18. Tentacles under the tongue
This is not a prosthetic; it is called plica frimbriata or fimbriated folds of the tongue. This happens when the tissue that connects the tongue to the bottom of the mouth has small tags or growths. Those growths are usually harmless unless they get stuck between your teeth.
19. This person can grab things backwards
People who can do this are often called double jointed because of the hypermobility of their joints making them able to move them beyond their normal range. This can be seen mostly in children and it reduces significantly with age as the adults who can do this are very rare. Hypermobility can be caused by stretched ligaments, altered bone shapes, muscle tone or stiffness as well as proprioception (sense of movement).
20. They balance each other perfectly: He was born with 6 toes on his left foot and his co-worker with 4 on her right one
Having six toes is called hexadactyly which simply means six digits in Latin. It can manifest as an extra finger on the side of the toes or in between them. These growths are usually harmless and can easily be removed with surgery, however they can be a side effect of an underlying condition.
21. This person was born without a thumb and a right pinky
10% of all newborns are born with some hand malformation which usually occur early in pregnancy and are a symptom of another condition or just inherited. In this case the person has a cleft hand which happens with abnormal formation of the middle part of the palm. It can come in two types: typical, V-shaped, which involves missing or partially missing the middle finger and the atypical which involves just one hand and is U-shaped
22. Five fingers but no thumb
This person has fivefunctioning fingers, but not the right ones apparently. They look like they don’t have a thumb, but in fact it is there it just has three phalanges instead of the usual two. This can be reconstructed with surgery. It occurs in 1 in every 25,000 newborns.
23. This person was born without a nose bridge
The nasal bridge is the area of the nose that includes the nasal root and the lateral aspects of the organ. This person was born with a depressed nasal bridge which can be caused due to many conditions such as achondroplasia, Conradi-Hünermann-Happle syndrome, Cornelia de Lange syndrome, osteogenesis imperfect, Klippel-Feil syndrome, cleidocranial dysplasia, children with neurodevelopmental delay and achondroplasia. The person in this photo said their condition has one upside which is their nose never bleeds.
24. This person has a thumb that can’t be bent
The condition is called trigger finger and is found in one or more tendons in a hand. Tendons allow fingers to flex but when it is too swollen it locks into position. Eventually the tendon becomes permanently locked causing this condition that affects 3 in every 1000 live births.
25.This girl was born with the number 2 on her head
Unusual birthmarks have always raised interesting discussion and debates and in some cultures they have a hidden meaning or a special significance. However, these parents were not superstitious to that extent and they joked that the reason their daughter has this birthmark is that she was supposed to have a twin but she ate it.
26. Imagine having your hands constantly pruney at all times
Pruney fingers usually happen when we spend lots of time in water. Scientists think it is an evolutionary trait as it helped pick vegetation in wet environment because pruney fingers are less slippery.
27. The little finger of this person is their biggest one
This looks like the fingers were misplaced. It is a condition caused macrodactyly which causes a person to have fingers or toes that are larger than the others. It is believed that it happens as a result of an abnormal blood supply or nerve.
28.A fascinating photo of a person’s bruise that can be seen in the light
Besides the bruise this photo is also interesting since the bones of the person can’t be seen at all. This is because the flesh and skin diffuse the light making her fingers look like a pane of frosted glass.
29. An example of polydactyly in a newborn
This is a photo of a baby that was born with 12 fingers and 12 toes which happens because of a condition caused polydactyly.
30. This person has a single line across their palm
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