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Why do we need toenails?

 
 
Reply Mon 19 Jan, 2004 11:27 am
I can see why we need fingernails (nosepicking, peeling an orange, scratching at mosquito bites, etc.), but why do we need toenails? They've never done any good for me at all! I think I'm going to have mine removed.
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colorbook
 
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Reply Mon 19 Jan, 2004 11:37 am
Good question...I can't figure out their use either.
My brother had a lot of trouble with ingrown toe nails on his large toes. He had them both removed, and is quite happy he made that decision.
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Miller
 
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Reply Mon 19 Jan, 2004 11:38 am
Result of evolution and a need to protect sensitive skin.
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SealPoet
 
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Reply Mon 19 Jan, 2004 12:11 pm
For kicking the spouse when she steals all the blankets.
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blueveinedthrobber
 
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Reply Mon 19 Jan, 2004 12:49 pm
we used to have four hands...they're transplanted fingernails......
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fishin
 
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Reply Mon 19 Jan, 2004 12:51 pm
If you have them removed what will you use your toenail clipper for?
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Montana
 
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Reply Mon 19 Jan, 2004 01:01 pm
So you can paint them to match your fingernails, silly ;-)
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husker
 
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Reply Mon 19 Jan, 2004 01:37 pm
Bi-Polar Bear wrote:
we used to have four hands...they're transplanted fingernails......

Just maybe a couple thousand years ago we didn't hve much foot covering - depending on where you lived.
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Smiley
 
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Reply Mon 19 Jan, 2004 02:59 pm
Toenails are for biting.


Also, think of them as little shields for when you stub your toe.
Nature conducts it's own DOT crash testing, you know . . .
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blueveinedthrobber
 
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Reply Mon 19 Jan, 2004 03:31 pm
husker wrote:
Bi-Polar Bear wrote:
we used to have four hands...they're transplanted fingernails......

Just maybe a couple thousand years ago we didn't hve much foot covering - depending on where you lived.


agreed...I can't imagine stubbing a toe with no toenails...ouch!!!!
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Acquiunk
 
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Reply Mon 19 Jan, 2004 03:35 pm
they're for scratching the back of your foot without bending down.
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Equus
 
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Reply Mon 19 Jan, 2004 04:42 pm
If your toe nails weren't there, what would hold your toes on?
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sozobe
 
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Reply Mon 19 Jan, 2004 04:59 pm
<wondering just how Equus' toes have been assembled -- the mad scientist doesn't seem to have done the best possible job>
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dyslexia
 
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Reply Mon 19 Jan, 2004 05:00 pm
personally I prefer toe staples.
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bigdice67
 
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Reply Mon 19 Jan, 2004 05:05 pm
toe duct tape does it.
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SealPoet
 
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Reply Mon 19 Jan, 2004 06:11 pm
Do they come in a toe truck?
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Mon 19 Jan, 2004 06:54 pm
What else would I paint to highlight the tattoo?
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Mr Stillwater
 
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Reply Mon 19 Jan, 2004 06:56 pm
To stop your toes from fraying!! They're like that little plastic doo-hickey at the end of a shoelace!
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husker
 
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Reply Mon 19 Jan, 2004 07:02 pm
Mr Stillwater wrote:
To stop your toes from fraying!! They're like that little plastic doo-hickey at the end of a shoelace!


Yeah I just hate injuring a toe nail. Lost a many in the mountain climbing boots.
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trixabell
 
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Reply Tue 20 Jan, 2004 03:42 am
the answer to the origional question is actually because we get rid of toxic heavy metals in the growth of toenails...only small deposits of course cos otherwise ud die neway...but there u go...same with hair and fingernails-but to a lesser extent-tis the only way the body can get rid of them
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