Megan Fox FHM Number 1

April 24, 2008

News: Transformers star and fellow clubbed thumber Megan Fox has been voted FHM’s number 1 ‘sexiest woman in the world’.

Megan Fox: more than meets the eye.

Updated: 2/12/08 Megan Fox: showing off her thumb



Poll results: it’s a tie!

February 16, 2008

Clubbed or stub… same difference. ‘Midget’ and ‘Big Toe’ got a good turnout as  well. Thanks for voting. p.s. My personal favourite is  Royal.


The Palmistry of the Stub/Clubbed thumb

February 11, 2008


It’s not something I take very seriously but there happens to be a lot of palmistry (hand-reading) literature relating to clubbed thumb on the internet.

If I get the chance to see a Palmist/fortune-teller I might show them out of amusement. I have found both Western and Hindu links. One such example comes from the Laws of Scientific hand-reading (not actually scientific). According to the palmists ‘clubbed thumb’ means that you have a short temper and get very angry. Amusing:

Occasionally a thumb is found with the will phalanx is thick and rounded … [and] is found on the hands of healthy persons. Owing to its peculiar club-like formation is had been called the clubbed thumb, and owing to the thickness, courseness and brutal obstinacy shown, has been designated the murderer’s thumb. This clubbed thumb shows terrific obstinacy … They are dangerous companions however not to be trifled with.

Is this true for you?



More pictures of our thumbs! This website on Photobucket courtesy of JT:

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pps… Going to close the naming Poll this week – it’s a close race between ‘clubbed’ and ‘stub’. So if you haven’t voted yet…!

Thumbelievable! Myspace, Facebook, Flickr

January 25, 2008

Wow, so loads of people out there have clubbed thumbs. I am not alone! If you are part of Myspace , Facebook (‘The clubbed thumb society’) or photo-sharing flickr you will find that those websites also have clubbed thumb groups.

Poll: Thumb name?

January 20, 2008

One of the things I have found out recently is that there is no set name for my thumbs. Wikipedia has used ‘clubbed’ thumbs and that’s where I got my idea from. But many people use the word ‘midget’ thumbs. I have also heard stub thumbs and others. The technical name is brachydactyly type D or BDD thumbs.

So how about Royal thumbs? Or Big Toe thumbs? Why not? So I have added a poll on the right to find out what terms people use…

More celeb thumbs

January 13, 2008

It seems in the acting and modelling profession, where outward appearance is important, people with BDD thumbs are more than successful. Thanks to Quinn and Jack for finding these. As well as Megan Fox (see previous post), from left to right: Malin Akerman (US actress), Tory Mussett (Australian actress), Ashley Lynn Cafagna (US actress), and Kristen van Der Noot (Germany DJ and Model).

Malin Akermantory mussettAshley Lyn Cafagna (US actress)Kristen van Der Noot
Who knows, maybe famous historical figures also share this trait…

Some science of stub

December 22, 2007

According to Wikipedia ‘clubbed thumb’ used to be a sign of descent from European royal blood lines. Could there be any truth to this? According to the science – as a way of judging blood lines the clubbed (or stub) thumbs trait might be ideal because of its expression (i.e. it shows up relatively often in the few families who have it).

I have found out that the technical name is brachydactyly type D (BDD). The clubbed thumb is defined as a shortening and broadening of the the end bone or phalanx of the thumb. They are also trying to determine if there is a gene for the trait.

It is a common trait, aproximately 1 million Americans will have clubbed thumbs (occurring in 0.4% of whites and 0.1% of blacks in the US). In Israel it occurs in 1.6% of Jews and 3% of Arabs. It is also found a lot in Japan (this info from the book Abnormal Skeletal Phenotypes, which you can find on google books (

Greetings fellow clubbers!

December 20, 2007




Hi! this website is all about the  trait clubbed thumbs. So far I know very little about it. This website is here so people can meet and share what they know.

For example, if you have a clubbed thumb like me, where are you from? Do you know any celebrities (like Megan Fox, above) who have clubbed thumbs? Do you know any of the science behind clubbed thumbs and is any of the mythology true?

In any case, I hope we can share our experiences of this unique (and maybe ‘royal’) trait.

Please post here or email me at


Alf Parelli