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Does a thumb really look like a nose?

Asked by sferik (6099points) January 4th, 2008

Everyone’s had an uncle who tried to convince them that their thumb was your nose. Does this trick ever work? Does anyone think a thumb looks like a nose?

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omfgTALIjustIMDu's avatar

I work in a daycare with kids aged 6 weeks to 4 years. In my experience, kids aged about 20 months to 4 years really think it’s their nose. When talking to an early childhood specialist, we actually talked about this, and she said they most likely believe it because the shape of the thumb between the fingers looks like the tip of noses, and as they are too young to know their own faces very well. Also, because they are met with such a vast variety of shapes, faces, and new information daily, they get used to identifying shapes, and so they can’t distinguish between the curves of the thumb and the tip of the nose as well.

Evan's avatar

so…. yes. a thumb most definitely looks like a nose. :)

andrew's avatar

I also remember that creepy thumb dislocation trick my uncle did when i was maybe 5.

Scarred me for life.

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