I have no idea why I felt like sharing this, but I found it interesting.
I'm part Native American. No, really! I have some Cherokee and some Choctaw.
Anyway, Kwiddens called me a little while ago and asked me how the back of my two front teeth were shaped. I thought it an odd question...but I answered. They're thin at the bottom, then they widen very quickly, like there's an extra shelf back there. I hadn't known this, but apparently that's a genetic trait known only to Native Americans and a very small number of Asians.
I was curious, so I looked around online and found a few sites that describe some other genetic traits that I have:
The "shovel teeth", of course
Crooked fingers, particularly the pinky
Little toes that lie under the next one
A second toe that's longer than the big toe (but only very slightly in my case)
Larger gap between the big toe and the second toe
An extra ridge of bone along the outside of the foot (Mim had to have parts of this removed, as it was causing problems for her)
Thyroid problems (mine is low-functioning)
The ability to tan deeply (but I never go in the sun anymore, so this hasn't happened since about...8th grade or so)
I also have a very square jaw and very thick, very straight hair.
I mostly look white, so I don't bother telling people unless they specifically ask, because I don't really look much like it. But now you know something interesting about me.
(The rest of me is almost entirely Danish. Perhaps this explains my love for pastries.)