the smoochability of the attached earlobe



Hey, I was wondering: how many of you have little weird or recessive genetic quirks? Anything odd but non-life-threatening? Any weird part of your system that you know is rare?

You can be anonymous, if you wish. “Genetically, my boobs are awesome” – though very nice – will not be counted. Quirk away!

33 thoughts on “the smoochability of the attached earlobe

  1. Dawson

    Yep! The head of my left tibia has dissolved twice. Bone cyst. It’s taken 6 blindingly painful surgeries to repair. The blessing is that the zipper on my leg gives me a chance to talk about organ/tissue donation. It saved me.
    That, and I have this really nice hourglass figure even when chubby. Altogether no complaints!

  2. Megan

    Congenital defect: my left hip socket is slightly shallow, causing mild scoliosis, and putting more pressure on that knee, which has caused the cartilage to degrade over the years. I’m having surgery in a month for the knee problem.
    Given what Dawson shared, I feel like a whiny little bitch for being apprehensive about the reportedly long and painful recovery from this procedure. But hey, at least my bones aren’t dissolving, and genetically, my boobs are awesome!

  3. Brandy

    Discoid meniscus in my knees- which means they are shaped like D’s instead of C’s (no give)- ended my soccer career because they tore, a lot, and eventually having my Articular cartilage wear away and being bone on bone in my knees at 18. I also have Chondrocalsinosis- I form calcium crystals in my knees. OUCH- feels like a knife stabbing your knee when one forms and gets caught in motion- I fondly call them zingers! 13 knee surgeries later I still have my original knees but am very restricted in what I can do.

  4. litlnemo

    Caffeine doesn’t make me wired or hyper or anything like that. It doesn’t work for anyone in my family (mom’s side). This is apparently some weird genetic thing.

  5. stretcharmstrong

    Long time lurker, first time poster. *Great* question! I have a conglomeration of seemingly innocuous issues, that only when considered together point to a genetic anomaly. Mitral valve prolapse, mild scoliosis, hypermobile joints with frequent minor sprains, gastritis, osteopenia (at 43), low blood pressure (88/40 last time I tried to give blood) and a tall/thin body type. Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, hyper mobility type. It’s a connective tissue/collagen disorder. See New research indicates this may be way more prevalent than once thought, that many people diagnosed with fibromyalgia may really have this hypermobility syndrome. Many doctors don’t know what it is or will say that it’s rare, so you couldn’t have it. It’s “rare” because docs are not diagnosing it correctly. Only the life-threatening vascular type has been mapped on the genome so far. Affected people call themselves medical zebras because Drs are trained “when you hear hoofbeats, think horses.” I could rant about the medical system, but that’s another blog. So, my boobs aren’t that awesome but I can wrap my legs around my head. Does that count?

  6. wendy

    I have a hole at the TOP front of my ear where it joins the head – both ears. Looks like a piercing. My mom and several first cousins share this. In the next generation, only 1 niece of 10 has it.
    Also my mom has alpha-one by virtue of having when kinda-bad gene (called S) and one very bad gene (called Z). I am fortunate to have the wild-type M from dad and the kinda bad S from mom. If I had the Z it would mean no alcohol and no acetaminophen for me in addition to high likelihood of emphysema. – whew!

  7. Karin

    Dad and I share a slightly crooked little finger (both hands). Not an anomaly, but cool nonetheless – Mom, sister and I are all lefties, Dad, sister and I are all blue eyed. I like to think this makes my sister and I super fabulous.

  8. Sarah

    I have short pinky fingers, inherited from my mom, who realized it during a typing class in high school when she couldn’t reach as far as others. I think the tip of the finger should reach the top joint of your ring finger…mine only go about halfway between the joints.

  9. jje

    My dad sports a funny little cowlick on the right side of the front of his hairline, and I inherited it – makes my bangs a bit wonky to style (and I wish I could go without bangs but I have what my husband lovingly refers to as a fivehead). My oldest son inherited it from me, same spot. I want to say one or two of my sisters have it as well, as do some of my nieces and nephews.
    I have always felt so self-conscious about it, but after reading the posts above, I am going to thank my lucky stars and embrace it.

  10. jp

    My dad, sister, and I don’t react to poison ivy. I have not tested this extensively, but my dad has: as a kid he used to play sports on a field near a patch of poison ivy, and he was always the one sent in to retrieve lost balls.
    Also, I only had two (not four) wisdom teeth. Is that unusual?

  11. Tanya

    JP – I have exactly the same thing: not allergic to poison ivy and only 2 of 4 wisdom teeth.
    Also, Kent and Karin – My mother, grandmother and I all share the crooked pinky finger, too. Mom checked both of my childrens’ hands when they were born to see if it continued. Thank goodness it didn’t. Growing up, I’d always felt like the Siamese with the crooked tail…

  12. jon

    My thumbs only bend at the top knuckle, not the lower one. The top of my ears (helical rim?) don’t curl over like they’re supposed to — which I surmise might explain why I often have trouble filtering and discerning voices from background din.

  13. bridget

    I don’t have any wisdom teeth/never had any wisdom teeth. Also, no cavities. I do have a widow’s peak which bothers me. And mild scoliosis as well, but nothing which is degrading other parts of my body.

  14. Anon

    I have a mild form of pigeon chest. Thankfully, the girls are big enough so that it is not noticeable on my otherwise slender frame. I also have Darwin’s tubercle on one ear (my older brother has one on his opposite ear). If I eat asparagus, my urine stinks so much that I can’t stand it. It turns out that anyone who eats asparagus has stinky whiz, but some people have the ability to smell it, and some people don’t. It’s hard for me to understand how someone can’t smell it! I have very short oral frenulums and had to have the upper one clipped when I was in middle school so that my braces could do their job. When my baby was born, the frenulum under her tongue was incredibly short (i.e. tongue tied) and when she tried to stick her tongue out, it almost forked in appearance. We didn’t clip it, though, and she was able to nurse fine. She is now 8 years old and has had no problems with speech, etc. The bent pinky referenced by some is a dominant genetic trait, but no one in my family has it.

  15. Jackie

    I (and my children) have a rare type of ichthyosis on our hands and feet. It doesn’t do too much except get you teased in elementary school and allow us to pull hot things out of the oven without protection.

  16. Salem

    Uh, I can turn my tongue upside down and my epidermis is showing.
    LWG, that “saliva won’t seal envelopes” thing is magical. That little gem needs to find it’s way into a movie plot.

  17. cluverc

    I have fun little thing called Reynaud’s syndrome: Most commonly found among women, it causes your extremities (fingers; toes) to go completely bloodless in the cold…but hey..not all fingers (that might look cool, y’know – dead-white creepy, bloodless fingers and then a pink palm) but RANDOM fingers…creeeepy. My mom and sister have the same and apparently it gets worse with age. Bring on the fun! (it’s otherwise totally harmless, if annoying..try rush of blood to the fingers…yowza)

  18. amy a

    My back is oddly jointed, in that I cannot do a full situp, but I can bend in half the reverse way, kinda like a Centaur. You can sit a pizza box on my back/butt when I do this. This party trick has been dubbed “The Butt Shelf” by kith and kin.
    There was a gymnast in the 80’s named Kristy Phillips who had the same situation; she had a trick she did on the beam called “The Phillips” which was a version of a handstand, and her back bowed so that her legs were parallel with the beam. I have a picture of me doing that maneuver when I was about 12.

  19. Ian

    I can vouch for Amy A, and have actually set things on her sacrum when needed.
    LWG, I had no idea about your saliva and envelopes. Salem’s right- is it okay if Tessa and I use that for something?
    What’s cool is how many of these I already knew about some of y’all, but didn’t know the specific condition, like Salem’s Little Sister’s tiny-sponge for her head (or something like that, right?), Brandy’s soccer career, and Jon’s scary thumbs. Bridget, your widow’s peak is awesome!
    Reynaud’s Syndrome is something mutual friend Jill Gilbert used to talk about in the dorm, and I noticed getting it myself as of last year. It actually kind of sucks, and I have to use those heating toe pads when in deep snow (or skiing).
    Those of you without wisdom teeth (or only two) are evolving faster than the rest of us.
    I have a bevy of recessive genes – red hair, blue eyes, funky blood type, etc.
    These are all pretty fascinating, if you folks have more!

  20. Josie

    One wisdom tooth here – and yes, I use it this fact to let some people know I am highly evolved ;)
    Amblyopia is my congenital gift. This is when you have one eye that the brain kind of gives up on. This usually presents at a young age, and affects the development of neural pathways to that eye, demonstrated by the fact that it stops cooperating with your other eye/brain and goes all akimbo!
    Modern medicine approaches this issue with eye muscle surgery, ocular patching, and eyeglasses. I had my eye muscle surgery at age 2, as did my son. It’s a cosmetic issue only now, but as I get older I can feel my eye getting tired and I see it’s deadness in photos. I doubt if anyone else sees it. I wear my glasses more religiously now for comfort, but also to protect my ‘good’ eye. God forbid anything happens to it; I’d be in a pickle!!
    I wish I didn’t give this to my son, but he looks cool in specs.
    Dad had strabismus; it was a less serious case with occasional eye wandering. Lucky for him because he grew up in a place where there would have been no medical response.

  21. Joanna

    My thumbs do things other thumbs don’t. The lowest joint is double jointed so it can pop forward into my palm.
    I also have some bizarre blood antibody that made my OB suspect our baby was not my husband’s. He pretty much accused me of that while pregnant IN FRONT OF my husband. Crazy, when you consider what could have been violent repercussions for some women.
    Later, he called me confidentially to give me the opportunity to confess. When I insisted I had been faithful and that I understood not being honest could endanger our baby, he told me he had researched and discovered the antibody COULD naturally occur. There WERE cases of it in Australian Aboriginals. And me!

  22. SWF

    I was told that I have very pure blood with few antigens in it. I regularly give blood at my local hospital and one day noticed that there were all sorts of extra markings on my chart compared to others. I asked about them and was told that they test all of the blood for these antigens, and keep track of the ones with particularly “pure” blood. Why? Because this blood is then used for patients with incredibly weak systems and (of special interest to me b/c my son was born 8 weeks premature) to clean and prep the tubes and needles used for premature kids whose bodies cannot handle foreign antigens. Combine this with my O negative blood type, and it turns out my blood is pretty useful in the medical field.
    It’s not a physically obvious quirk, but I like it.

  23. FreshPaul

    This is the lamest one on the list, but my beard is anti gravity. Instead of growing down my face, it grows from left to right.
    None of the men in my family ever grew beards, so I guess we never noticed.

  24. Monica

    Josie – I’m with you on the amblyopia. I never had surgery, but the eye patch was the bane of my existence from grades 1-3. I am also hyper-aware of protecting my good eye. Apparently they are now giving contacts to very young children to go along with the patch. A friend’s son got a contact at age 4.
    I also have a genetic deformity in my atlas (C1 vertebra) where it meets my skull. The C1 is smaller on the right side than the left, and my skull is longer on the right to compensate. I had no idea about this until I was almost 35 and woke up one morning pretty much unable to turn my head. My skull now shifts around a bit on bone, and sometimes catches. The doctor said there had probably been a lip on one of the bones that wore away with time, which is why it hadn’t been a problem before.

  25. sonya

    I also have saliva that won’t seal envelopes. That sounds like I’m jumping on the bandwagon now, but I just found this site because I googled it, trying to find a cause for it. I use sellotape to post my letters and christmas cards, it’s a bit of a nuisance tbh! Good to know I’m not the only one though!


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