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Does the human body have a part that one might label, "useless"?

Asked by mazingerz88 (18967points) September 16th, 2011

Wondering. Just wondering.

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Mariah's avatar

The appendix doesn’t appear to do anything useful.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

The appendix is the only thing that comes to mind.

Mariah's avatar


Also, I just googled it and found this article, looks like an interesting read.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

“No. 6 – Tonsils
Also prone to swelling and infection. If you have them by your 30s, it’s almost an accomplishment.”
Yay, I feel accomplished. That was fun to read, @Mariah.

Allie's avatar

“Tonsils and adenoids are seen as perhaps the “first line of defense” against disease-causing germs that enter the body through the nose, mouth, or throat.”
They have a purpose, though it may be small.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

Oh, right, that wasn’t my answer. I just thought it was funny that it was “almost an accomplishment.” Just to clarify.

Scooby's avatar

According to my sister, it’s called “Men” :-/

LuckyGuy's avatar

@Mariah GA! I really enjoyed that article.

blueiiznh's avatar


~Just sayin….

blueiiznh's avatar

COCCYX – (so fun to say)
Our ancestors lost the need for a tail before they began walking upright.
All they’re good for now is give us painful falls on the butt.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Dick on a preacher and tits on a nun. (this reminded me of an old very bad joke)

Neizvestnaya's avatar

Do I really need an uvula? It would be nice to not hear my own snoring while dreaming.

blueiiznh's avatar

@Neizvestnaya at quick scan I read that as vulva. ooops, so sorry about that.

CWOTUS's avatar

Oh, just to beat anyone else who’s going to give these answers eventually…

For liberals: brains
For conservatives: hearts

picante's avatar

I’m finding the additional two chins I’ve acquired quite useless. Hell, they don’t even stop my head from falling down when I doze off in my chair.

ucme's avatar

The loose skin on our elbows that looks like it was formed from left over scrotum.

Pandora's avatar

Pubic hair. It just makes things messier. Its not like its preventing a cold or something by keeping you warm.
Regular body hair I get. For legs and arms. It can alert you to something lightly crawling on you before it touches your skin

Neizvestnaya's avatar

@ucme & @Pandora are my heroes today with those answers :D

erichw1504's avatar

Well, for some it’d be the brain.

Brian1946's avatar

Back hair.

marinelife's avatar

Probably not. Even the appendix has a purpose:

“Long denigrated as vestigial or useless, the appendix now appears to have a reason to be – as a “safe house” for the beneficial bacteria living in the human gut.

Drawing upon a series of observations and experiments, Duke University Medical Center investigators postulate that the beneficial bacteria in the appendix that aid digestion can ride out a bout of diarrhea that completely evacuates the intestines and emerge afterwards to repopulate the gut.”

Science Daily

AshlynM's avatar

Pinkie toe.

erichw1504's avatar

Eye boogers.

incendiary_dan's avatar

@AshlynM But that’s the one that goes wee wee wee all the way home.

Sunny2's avatar

Stray hairs that grow on an old lady’s chin and upper lip. I’m going to start measuring the longer ones that I don’t catch.

creative1's avatar

Hair in general

filmfann's avatar

@Pandora Pubic hair may seem useless today, but if you don’t shower everyday it will produce a smell that attracts the opposite sex.
Of course, there will also be smells that drive them away.

creative1's avatar

@filmfann I prefer my men to have a squeeky clean scent

Hang nail, boy those buggers can be painful sometimes


Unripe plums.

gondwanalon's avatar

I can’t think of a useful purpose for a mole or nevus. Example

AshlynM's avatar

Bad breath.

downtide's avatar

Underarm hair.

Pandora's avatar

@filmfann, Funny you should say that. I roomed with a girl who maybe took a bath a few days a month. You could smell that nasty fish smell a mile away. Somehow she did still manage to attract guys. I don’t know if it was because they knew she was easy, or they could smell the fresh scent of the last guy she was with. All I can say is EWW! I was glad when she moved out. I sanitized everything. She moved out when we finally started insisting she bathe.

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