Tuesday, May 11, 2010
But, on the subject of toes, here's a bit of trivia for ya:
Have you ever noticed how many people in your family have the second toe longer than the first toe? (Unlike Gabe's toes to the left there.) This has often been a subject for comment and discussion around here. When I was a teenager, some boy tried flirting with me by telling me that my feet proved I was bee-u-tee-ful because my second toes were longer than my first, and thus my feet were "Greek" (like the beautiful Athena), as opposed to "Roman" (as in: not like the beautiful Athena). Yeah, whatever. I didn't fall for the flattery then. But, I looked it up this morning out of curiosity and found that there is, indeed, a sort of scientific mythology about toes; there truly is a toe configuration called Greek "atavisim." And, as it turns out, Greek toes have an official scientific name: Morton's Toes. Check out what I found at Wikipedia:
Fascinating, huh? So, I do have Greek toes! The kid had at least one thing right. And, though, I would never be called beautiful, I do at least have something in common with the Statue of Liberty -- and 95% of the Greek population. And, though a common ancestry is ridiculous, it would seem that we Greek-toed people may also have something in common with apes. Just as plausible as naming them "Greek toes," we could call our funny feet "Monkey Toes."
For the record, in our family of twelve:
My toes are Greek, Dan's are Egyptian (Not actually Roman, like my flirter called them.)
Paul's are Egyptian
Kevvy's are Greek (and really weird because his 3rd toe is also longer than his first toe)
Jon's are Egyptian
Dominic's are Greek
Michelle is also weird, bless her: one foot is Egyptian, the other Greek (We love ya, anyway, Shell...)
Theresa's are Egyptian
Cathy's are Greek
Anna's are Greek
Gabey's are Egyptian
William's are Egyptian
and our newest daughter (in-law), Nicole's, are: Neither Greek nor Egyptian, because her first and second toes are just the same size. Maybe they're Italian, since that is her heritage. :)
* So, if you count both Michelle and Nicole as half points in each category, the family is exactly split between Greek and Egyptian toes. The most interesting thing you've found out today, right? (gglggl)
* Can't wait to see what our Grandbaby's feet look like! We'll have to wait 'til late next fall to find out, but you know I'll post pictures.
*Go figure, the worldwide web has a site dedicated to toes. Just toes. You're not surprised are you?