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12 Rare Body Traits That Actually Make You Unique

In the past, artists and scientists were very intrigued by the anatomy of the human body, its perfection, and the understanding of each part. During the Renaissance, various studies of anatomy were done that were at the service of painters who sought perfection in their work. These studies opened a door to the mysteries of the human body. And over time, the body continues to fascinate us.

We at Bright Side wanted to contribute to these great minds and find unique body features that only a few possess. These rare features caught our attention and are a reminder of the beauty and the diversity that exists in this world. Read on to find out if you are one of the few people who possess a unique trait.

1. Widow’s peak

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If you have noticed when looking in the mirror that your hairline forms a V-shaped point in the center of your head, you have this trait called a widow’s peak. Only 33% of the population have this. And if you’re wondering where this peculiar name comes from, it dates back to 18th-century England, when certain women wore black triangular hats whose point fell in the middle of their foreheads.

2. Arch fingerprint pattern

Fingerprints identify us in several systems. The unique thing about fingerprints is that 65% of the population have hoops, 30% have fingerprints in the shape of a whirl, and only 5% possess this unique arch pattern.

3. Palmaris longus

Palmaris longus is a long palm muscle that was used by our ancestors to climb trees. This muscle is not used anymore, but there are people that are still born with it. If you are curious to find out if you have it, place your palm on a flat surface and touch your thumb with your pinky finger. You will see this muscle pop out of your wrist if you possess this rare trait.

4. Heterochromia

This rare feature that makes each eye a different color is called heterochromia. What makes this all the more fascinating is that this condition is only present in less than one percent of the population. Heterochromia can occur when the concentration of melanin in the eyes is not uniform. Most of the time as a result of genetics.

5. DEC2 Gene

If you have that friend who seems to always have their energy levels at 100% even when they sleep poorly, your friend probably has the DEC2 gene. Only 5% of the population have this condition. A normal person is recommended to sleep at least 7 hours to recover energy, while people with this special trait can sleep between 4-6 hours and feel as fresh as a daisy.

People with the DEC2 gene may have faster sleep cycles and accomplish more during work time. Great personalities like Leonardo da Vinci and Nikola Tesla had this unique condition.

6. Gray, green, and amber eyes

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Only 3% of people have gray eyes, which means even 3 times less than the number of people with blue eyes. Green eyes are also rare as only 2 out of 100 people have green eyes. And as the third rare eye color, we have amber, which only 5% of people possess.

7. Tooth gap

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Also known as Diastema, this gap between the teeth is a rare feature that only 25% of the population has. There are many celebrities who have embraced this unique trait as their own trademark.

8. Super taste

If you ever wanted to have Remi’s taste from the movie Ratatouille, let us tell you that there are some super tasters in the world. One-quarter of the world’s population possesses a higher number of taste buds on their tongues, which makes them more sensitive to flavors.

9. 2 layers of eyelashes

Personalities like Elizabeth Taylor had this unique beauty feature. Known as Distichiasis, this double row of eyelashes can make the eyes more attractive.

10. Morton’s toe

Check your toes, and if you have a second toe that is larger than your first, then you are part of the 22% of people who have this special feature called Morton’s toe. Scientist Dudley Joy Morton believed that the second largest toe was an evolutionary remnant of pre-human toes.

11. Ambidextrous

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You probably fit into the category of right-handed or left-handed people, but only a few can perform tasks with both hands equally. This particular condition that does not have a dominant hand to perform activities is known as being ambidextrous.

12. Double crown

Only 5 out of 100 people have a double whorl in their hair. And if you are one of the luckiest in the world, you have 2 hair crowns that grow in the same counterclockwise direction.

Are you one of the few people in the world with a rare feature? Share with us in the comments!

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