Did you know?. . Fingers prune underwater not because of them absorbing the water or washing away the oil, but because of an evolutionary trait ca used by the b
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Did you know?

Fingers prune underwater not because of them absorbing the water or
washing away the oil, but because of an evolutionary trait ca used by the
brain to enhance the grip of your fingers underwater.
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User avatar #7 - ubercookieboy ONLINE (10/04/2013) [+] (9 replies)
So if I was to throw a corpse underwater corpse acquired for reasons the fingers would not prune?
User avatar #10 to #7 - ssjkirby (10/04/2013) [-]
Trick question.

You obviously have to cut the fingers off before you dump the body to help prevent identification.
User avatar #2 - kupowrath (10/04/2013) [+] (4 replies)
I actually did know this. I are smart now? Yeus?
#3 to #2 - proxyius (10/04/2013) [-]
Claps for you! I did not know this
#74 - seaofcoltrane (10/05/2013) [+] (3 replies)
Did you know that if you were to take all the elephants in the world and line them up in outer space....... they would all die.
Did you know that if you were to take all the elephants in the world and line them up in outer space....... they would all die.
#56 - thasmackdown **User deleted account** (10/05/2013) [+] (17 replies)
This really is just a theory, Its a happy theory but to be perfectly honest it is more than likely false, it just happens naturally from osmosis in your cells. Osmosis occurs because of pores in your cell membranes. and this is normally a good thing.

Check other sites and look for a viable answer, this one seems a long shot.

But I wont argue with it as long as we can agree its just a hypothesis.
#31 - minidino (10/04/2013) [+] (2 replies)
Or maybe it's because all our cells contain water containing a certain concentration of salts within it. Your cells allow water in through osmosis to try and even out those concentrations so that the outside matches the inside.
#77 - vkroar (10/05/2013) [+] (1 reply)
we are all spooderman
#81 to #77 - acask (10/05/2013) [-]
only related thing i have
#51 - Denmarrk (10/05/2013) [+] (3 replies)
Actually, there were some researches done that actually prove that wrinkled fingers actually weakens your grip since there is less surface area.
#52 to #51 - collegedood (10/05/2013) [-]
**collegedood rolled a random image posted in comment #9 at Just how big are the ponies? **   
im not trying to dispute the research (i know nothing about it), but take a pliers  and how it is rigged at the end, isn't that to hold material better since it would slide if it was a flat surface? same with the fingers, fingers become slippery when constant water is on them, but wouldn't it be easier to grip something with larger grooves like pruned fingers?
**collegedood rolled a random image posted in comment #9 at Just how big are the ponies? **
im not trying to dispute the research (i know nothing about it), but take a pliers and how it is rigged at the end, isn't that to hold material better since it would slide if it was a flat surface? same with the fingers, fingers become slippery when constant water is on them, but wouldn't it be easier to grip something with larger grooves like pruned fingers?
#32 - anonymous (10/04/2013) [+] (10 replies)
***** , do muthafukin grapes become raisins so they could grab **** underwater?
Your finger wrinkle because of osmosis, a type of diffusion, because the water in you cells wants to go to the new, larger, source of water around you, so they leave your body to be with the larger body of water.
User avatar #36 to #32 - fedegon (10/04/2013) [-]
"Do grapes become raisins to grab things underwater." Will be the phrase. Yes. I feel.
#130 - josieabby (10/05/2013) [-]
Mine tend to shrivel up too.
User avatar #96 - biggrand (10/05/2013) [-]
If I was around girls more often, would my body adapt for better acquiring the ass?
User avatar #47 - oborawatabinost (10/04/2013) [+] (10 replies)
I have a strange problem with my fingers pruning, that not even any doctor I've been to has an answer for. They prune extremely quickly. I can run them under some water for a few seconds, and just watch them prune instantly. It just comes and goes every year or so. Anyone else have this problem?
User avatar #59 to #47 - skumbaner ONLINE (10/05/2013) [-]
Hmm probably a sign of HIV
trust me I'm a doctor
#34 - bobbysnobby (10/04/2013) [+] (5 replies)
The reason is different than the mechanism, the mechanism is Osmosis not the nervous system.
#23 - anonymous (10/04/2013) [+] (4 replies)
Ok, then how come people don't prune in salt water? Misinformed post is misinformed.
#29 to #23 - glowparty (10/04/2013) [-]
its not fact, its just a theory. people evolved by fresh water too ya know
#144 - cyanskater (10/05/2013) [+] (1 reply)
This actually gives credence to the recent theory that humans evolved as semi-aquatic mammals, having to endure most of their lives partially submerged in water. It's called the aquatic ape hypothesis.
Other characteristics that support this:
-Humans are mostly hairless. Think of dolphins, whales, hippos, porpoises. It reduces drag. Our heads have hair because they would logically be out of the water most of the time, and we would need sun protection.
-Bipedal. Apes have been observed to wade through water on two feet. Evolving balance on two feet would be advantageous in wet environments.
-Speaking. We have proficient speech abilities because of our ability to hold our breath when underwater.
-Facial expressions. We use our facial muscles to communicate a variety of expressions because that's what our ancestors were always focusing on.
-Picture related

Look it up, there are a lot more. This is what will be taught to future generations in grade school in my opinion.
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User avatar #89 - wajaa (10/05/2013) [-]
Implying that it's useful now
User avatar #58 - tacoreaper (10/05/2013) [+] (3 replies)
I always try to avoid water other than drinking it because i have a nasty ass habit of biting the skin around my nails and my fingers look absolutely gross. Yes iv tried to quit biting it but I just cant please suggest someting
User avatar #21 - Bminogue (10/04/2013) [+] (3 replies)
Please delete this cancer before people start believing it?
#17 - anonymous (10/04/2013) [-]
that is BS!
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