Unique Physical Traits That Made These People Different

Aug 27, 2021James Montalvo

We've all heard the saying, "everyone is unique in their own special way." This may be true, but there are people out there that were born with special genes that make this all the more true. These unique physical traits have given certain people a little more enhancement than the rest of us. Here's what we mean. 

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BIRTHMARKS

Contrary to popular belief, not everyone has a birthmark. These marks are usually benign irregularity on the skin which is present at birth or appears shortly after birth. They can be caused by the overgrowth of blood vessels, melanocytes, smooth muscle, fat, fibroblasts, or keratinocytes. Here's another birthmark that is uniquely cool!

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CAN YOU SAY AWW?

One Reddit user has shared that her son was born with a very unique and adorable birthmark on his forehead. No, it's not a lightning scar like the on Harry Potter has. It's pigmentation and most likely a vascular birthmark. But you can see it, right? It's shaped like a heart. He just looks adorable!

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UNCOMABLE HAIR SYNDROME

Yes, you read that right. There is such a thing as uncombable hair, and apparently, it's a real condition.  The condition is characterized by dry, frizzy hair that cannot be combed flat. This condition develops in childhood but can fade away once the child gets into their pre-teen years. Albert Einstein was said to have this condition too!

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LET'S YOU PULL OFF COOL LOOKS 

Your hair is your crowning glory, right? So what do you do if you have uncombable hair syndrome? Well, the shagginess of your hair leaves for much room to experiment with. But, it's sometimes better just to roll with it and flaunt what you got. Countless people would do anything to have a great head of hair like one people with the syndrome have.

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LET'S TALK SKIN AND HAIR

A person's skin and the hair on their head are the most visible parts of their being, obviously. Minus all the colored highlights and makeup to augment the face, there are people out there with a condition that causes a certain portion of their hair and face to lack pigments of their skin color. It's called piebaldism and here's what we mean.

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PIEBALDISM

This condition is a genetic one where a person develops an unpigmented or white patch of skin or hair. Think Rogue from the X-men. The condition itself is confined to the head and hair only, usually visible from the front and it develops at birth. While this is considered a disorder, we think having this is just nature's way of giving one natural highlight.

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BEING BORN WITH VITILIGO

Vitiligo is a condition wherein a person is born with the skin loses its pigment cells or melanocytes. This causes the skin to have a different pigment in certain places on your body. The discolored patches of skin can be found in different areas of the body, including the skin, hair, and mucous membranes.

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HOW BEAUTIFUL IT CAN LOOK

We don't know about you, but we think having more than one tone of the skin is super cool! Take this young boy for example. His vitiligo has caused an absence of melanin on his face, hands, and feet -- at least from what we can tell. Not only that, but the condition has also given the boy beautiful blue eyes. Who wouldn't want that? Some of the world's most popular models have it too. 

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A THING OF BEAUTY

One of the world's most popular models right now, Winnie Harlow, was also born with vitiligo. It has parts of her face and body that lack melanin too. Some keen-eyed folks would know her from her modeling work with Puma and other big brands. She's also known as LA Lakers Forward, Kyle Kuzma's girlfriend. 

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ALBINISM IN HUMANS

If vitiligo is a condition where there is a partial lack of melanin in some areas of your body, then Albinism is when you have a melanin deficiency in most of your body. Although the lack of skin pigmentation makes for more susceptibility to sunburn and skin cancers, Albinism in humans can really turn out beautiful. 

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HAUNTING, YET ATTRACTIVE

While some people are jarred by the sight of someone with this condition, a closer look at them will only show one their true beauty. Famous models like Shaun Ross, Connie Chiu, Diandra Forrest, and Nastya Zhidkova have all risen in the ranks of the world of fashion and beauty. Their efforts have spread awareness about the condition. 

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FLIPPING THINGS OVER

On to the other side of the coin. If the first two skin conditions are the lack of melanin, this third one is the excess of it. Giant congenital pigmented nevus may sound like such a complicated condition, but it is basically a condition wherein a person has a giant mole that covers a significant part of their body.

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MOVE OVER LUTHER!

Have you seen Netflix's Umbrella Academy yet? Well, it's a tv show about superheroes who are just as crazy as normal people. One of the characters on the show is Luther, who like an ape-man hybrid. While Luther is fiction, this guy is for real. His Giant congenital pigmented nevus covers most of his back and torso.

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POLYDACTYLY

Coming from the Greek words 'poly' which means many, and 'dactylos' with means digits, Polydactyly is a condition wherein a person is born with extra fingers and toes. No doubt, you've seen at least one person in your life with a single extra finger or toe. But here is an example of the condition that's pretty awesome!

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NO, THAT IS NOT TRICK PHOTOGRAPHY

A Reddit user shared that a customer came into their store with a unique pair of hands. The customer had an extra finger on both hands! If you look at the picture from afar, you'd probably think there's nothing out of the ordinary, but count those digits. This lady has twelve of them. The person who shared this also confirmed that the extra fingers functioned normally too! Amazing.

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THUMBS UP! WAY UP!

Since we're on the topic of extremities, how does not having legit thumbs sound to you? There's a condition called triphalangeal thumb or TPT, where a person's thumb has three phalanges and not two. This means their thumbs are extra-long and bend via the three phalanges.

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IT'S THREEFOLD

Here's an x-ray of a triphalangeal thumb that is mixed in with polydactyly for good measure. Not only does this person have an extra finder, but his thumb is also to have three phalanges, so it basically functions like another index finger. This person must have a mean grip, don't you think? Here's another extreme case of crazy thumbs!

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HOW LONG?

In 2019, a 20-year-old college student by the name of Jacob Pina went viral after sharing a video of his five-inch thumb. In the original video he says, "Yes, it's very long. Yes, it's real. And Yes, I've never lost a thumb battle." Thanks to his thumb, the young man already has over 1 million followers on Tiktok.

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SYNDACTYLY

Another condition we've named from the greeks. The condition's name comes from the Greek words for 'together' and 'fingers'.  That's right, we're talking about a condition commonly referred to as webbed hands, fingers, or feet. This usually happens to people who's extremities didn't fully develop while still inside their mother's womb.

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IT'S IN THEIR EYES, CHICO

They say the eyes are the doors to one's soul, and that you can tell a lot about a person from the way their eyes look. Indeed, looking at a pair of beautiful eyes can be mesmerizing and make you drop your heart. But what would you do if you looked into someone's eyes, and saw something missing?

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COLOBOMA

Coming from the Greek word that means "curtailed," Coloboma is a condition where normal tissue in or around the eye is missing at birth. Although the iris may not have fully formed, a person with coloboma can have either one or two eyes affected by the condition. It is a very rare condition that happens once in every 10,000 births and can either cause no visual impairment or severe impairment. It does make for a unique look! 

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POLYCORIA

This bizarre eye condition happens when a person has two working pupils in the same eye. Each of the pupils has their own sphincter muscles and are capable of operating independently of each other. It's an extremely rare condition that causes poor eyesight since neither of the pupils is fully developed.

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HETEROCHROMIA 

Arguably the most tantalizing of all the eye conditions is this one. Heterochromia is when a person's eyes have different colors. The left will have a totally different color from the right eye. Having an eye color other than black or dark brown is already breathtaking, what more so having two different ones. Kate Bosworth is a well-known celeb with this condition and she's gorgeous. 

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SPOON FINGERNAILS

It might surprise you to know that there are people out there who are born with fingernails growing invertedly. Commonly referred to as spoon fingernails, this bizarre physical trait is caused by an iron deficiency otherwise known as anemia. Most infants grow out of this as they get older and have better nutrition, but for other folks, it sticks. 

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STAHL'S EAR

There's a physical condition wherein an extra cartilage folds in the scapha portion of the ear. This results in pointed ear shape. Yes, you read that right. This condition, called Stahl's Ear, gives people something fantasy fanboys and fangirls all around the world can only hope to dream of or buy at a gift shop.

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YOU KNOW YOU'VE DREAMT OF IT

C'mon, don't deny it! You know that you've, at the very least, daydreamed of being an enchanting and beautiful elf. Stahl's Ear does that for those who have it. This can usually be seen a few weeks after birth and can be corrected. Some extreme cases may need surgery, but who wouldn't want to look like an elf?

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DON'T HAVE PAPER? USE SKIN!

Who would've thought that a skin condition could help you write messages? Yes, well there's this thing called dermatographism. It is a common, benign skin condition where people develop rashes or welts when they scratch their skin. Some people like to call this condition skin writing, and here's what it looks like.

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SAY IT WITH YOUR SKIN!

The rash that people with this condition is only temporary. It usually stays on for about an hour or so. Though we can't really imagine what kind of person with this condition would regularly scratch themselves to write a message, the internet has kindly provided us proof there are people like this on Earth. Thanks, Reddit!

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Which of these unique physical traits did you find most interesting? Have you seen anything like this in your life, first-hand? Tell us about it in the comment section. If you enjoyed reading about this then you're sure to enjoy the other stories we've written about on Amomedia. Head on over for some more fun!

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