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Do people with tails have control of them?

Asked by mineown (438points) December 4th, 2009

Some people are born with tails. Do those people have control or the ability to move/use their tails?

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seeing_red's avatar

I have no idea, but this is such an odd question; can’t wait to see responses.

live_rose's avatar

though I’m not basing this on on anything I’m going to say no. Like when people are born with extra limbs they can’t use them.

mineown's avatar

Well there is a guy with six fingers on each hand and he has full control of all of them. And apparently the tails have muscle and blood vessels. so…yeah. idk though.

live_rose's avatar

yeah but tails are medical anomalies the part of the brain that could control the tail might not be active and or exist Yet again not a doctor . . .nor do i have a tail so I’m pretty much just speculating.

mineown's avatar

yeah, thats understandable about the brain lacking the control of the muscle. still though im curious. lol

ringaroundtherosie's avatar

Tiger didn’t

just sayin

ragingloli's avatar

Well most people can not move their ears since that is a vestigial function, but some can. So I would expect, since a tail is a vestigial body part, if there were enough people with tails that you would find some people who could move their tails while most of them could not.

Axemusica's avatar

I can control each eye individually. haha.

mineown's avatar

whats vestigial mean?

live_rose's avatar

human vestigiality involves those characters (such as organs or behaviors) occurring in the human species that are considered vestigial – in other words having lost all or most of their original function through evolution.

mineown's avatar

o. cool like the appendix which i think had to do with eating raw meat. But since we dont anymore.

live_rose's avatar

yeah wisdom teeth are vestigial too

live_rose's avatar

. . .and theres some kind of third eyelid remnant too. . .that kinda grossed me out

live_rose's avatar

yeah birds and fish and such still have the “third eyelid” . . . but it’s uncommon in mammals and there’s only remnants of it in humans.

nebule's avatar

WHAT..??? people have tails?? Wow…cool!

loser's avatar

Tails?!! Seriously, who has tails?

live_rose's avatar

. . . its a medical rarity but yeah some people keep the tail they form as embryos

loser's avatar

I learn so much here!

DarlingRhadamanthus's avatar

Only if they are Latin and can salsa dance….:)

PandoraBoxx's avatar

When my youngest daughter was born, the pediatrician commented that she had a tail. On an infant, it was a little protrusion toward the top her butt crack (for want of a better descriptor) near her tailbone that looked like a little outward bulge, about 1–½ inches long and ½ inch high. The last time I looked at it was in toddlerhood, and it was not visible to the discerning eye except by specifically looking for it.

Everyone has a coccyx or tailbone.

seeing_red's avatar

This reminds of the frizzer question I recently discovered.

How do you come up with such a question? You’re just sitting around watching some tele and all of a sudden you think, “I wonder if people with tails can wiggle them?”

This makes me giggle. Thanks. =)

filmfann's avatar

I bet that would be an awful tell while playing poker.

Sarcasm's avatar

Yup. I can control my tails.

knitfroggy's avatar

I would love to see a human with a tail! I have in my mind the guy from that movie Shallow Hal but I’m guessing that’s not quite what it’s like.

PandoraBoxx's avatar

Perhaps all women should have tails, like cats. That way, we can use them for a new level of refined nonverbal emotional communication.

sevenfourteen's avatar

Physically you probably wouldn’t be able to because there would be no muscles to wiggle a tail. Cats and dogs have muscles that we don’t that extend to their tails. Even if your brain had the capability of knowing a tail existed there’s no way of moving it… essentially it’d just be a backwards tailbone like @PandoraBoxx said. Everyone has a tailbone (coccyx) but they curve inward and downward.

sjmc1989's avatar

Lurve for @live_rose and @ragingloli for talking about vestigial structures. I always talk about them and no one ever knows what they are and thinks I made it up. GA to both of you!

belakyre's avatar

I hope its true, it would be pretty awesome to see this guy swishing his tail around. Actually, it is totally awesome. (Immature, much? I like to think I still have remnants of the childhood I prematurely gave up)

filmfann's avatar

@belakyre this week I saw a woman walking in her office’s parking lot, with hair that went below the back of her knees. She had it pulled back like a pony tail, and a pony’s tail was exactly the effect while she walked. It was the most erotic thing I have seen all year.

mineown's avatar

@sevenfourteen I am pretty sure they do have muscles

jiquell's avatar

hmm she had like a hairy tale so then it looked like she had long hair

jacky66's avatar

Yes they do I had a brothdeffext were I had a tail but couldnt move I was laugh at until imgot it secury removed

jacky66's avatar

I mean brith deffect

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