I suffer from a condition called Type D BrachyDactyly (pronounced brake-ee dact-a-lee).
Well, I don’t really suffer from it.
I didn’t even know I had the condition till last Saturday’s autograph party.
I was signing books when an observant fellow said, “I notice you have BrachyDactyly.”
“I have what?”
“Your thumbs,” he said. “They’re small.”
Thanks for noticing, I thought.
I’ve always known my thumbs were small. But it’s never stopped me from typing (I only use two fingers to type and neither are thumbs). It’s never stopped me from playing the guitar. Or doing martial arts. Or hitching for a ride back in the 70’s.
Still, my thumbs are on the small size.
What’s it mean?
The guy at the book signing said, “Historically the clubbed thumb has been associated with inbreeding amongst European royalty. It’s been thought to be a sign of pure royal blood.”
I’m a descendant of royalty?
I haven’t been able to find a really solid verification of this, but we can all believe what we want. Currently, about 1 in 1,000 people have some form of “small thumb”, including actress Megan Fox.
If you have this wonderful rare royal condition, too, well, two “royal” thumbs up for the both of us.
Here are some links to learn more —
“Two thumbs up” has taken on new meaning for me.
I’ll rewrite it to “Two ROYAL Thumbs up!”
PS — My third audioprogram with Nightingale-Conant comes out soon. It’s called The Secret to Attracting Money. I believe you’ll give it two royal thumbs up. 🙂
Note: Photo by Pat O’Bryan.