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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Technical Tuesday Fingerprints

Technical Tuesday Fingerprints

Have you ever wondered why humans have fingerprints? Why isn’t finger skin as smooth as other parts of the body? There must be a reason. Right?

Well, it is debated. Some experts believe fingerprints give us a better grip – like tire treads. But some studies showed that those little ridges actually make it more difficult to hold onto smooth surfaces (due to reduced skin contact). Some say fingerprints help with water wicking:  allowing water to flow off our fingertips more effectively. Still others say fingerprints allow the skin to stretch more easily, thus preventing abrasions like blisters. And all ballet dancers have an intimate knowledge of blisters!

Here is one thing the experts do know about fingerprints: No two people have the same fingerprints – even identical twins! Now there’s something to think about…

For more information on fingerprints, see today’s Link of the Day below.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Anatomical Secret #:
“The reason humans have fingerprints remains a mystery.”

Link of the Day:

Quote of the Day:
“The unique fingerprint of every individual defines our unique purpose and mission on earth.”
Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

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