Embracing yourself and coming to terms with your appearance can take years. But some people are born with genes that make them stand out even more than us regular folks. Because of this, getting through the day can be a lot harder. That's why it's so awesome to see those who aren't hiding and are confident in their skin.

So we at Bored Panda decided to expand on our earlier publications (this one and this one) and compile a new list of pictures posted by folks with unusual and rare body features. Like pear-shaped pupils. Or abnormally long arms. Despite the challenges these people face, they choose to live their lives with a positive attitude. And that's something to be celebrated.

#1

Mother And Child With Poliosis

Mother And Child With Poliosis

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#2

My Wife's Eye That Her Doctor Told Her Was The Weirdest He'd Ever Seen

My Wife's Eye That Her Doctor Told Her Was The Weirdest He'd Ever Seen

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Genes are hereditary information units that organisms pass down to new generations. Genes contain coded information for the production of proteins that enable cells to function. An organism’s entire collection of genes is called its genome.

The human genome, for example, contains somewhere between 20,000 and 25,000 genes. We resemble the people in our family because our genes are more similar to their genes than they are to those of strangers.

On the other hand, your genes are more similar to the genes of all other humans than they are to the genes of a different kind of organism, such as a rabbit. That being said, humans resemble chimpanzees because we share nearly 99 percent of the same genes.

#3

I Have Vitiligo And Heterochromia

I Have Vitiligo And Heterochromia

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#4

My Dad Has Something Called A Bifid Thumb Or Pre-Axial Polydactyly. About 1 Out Every 1000 Babies Have It. This Was The Thumb Of Our Uber Delivery Guy

My Dad Has Something Called A Bifid Thumb Or Pre-Axial Polydactyly. About 1 Out Every 1000 Babies Have It. This Was The Thumb Of Our Uber Delivery Guy

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CalicoKitty
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I checked the stats and that is indeed what the hospital says, but apparently most people get surgery around 1 or 2 years old to remove one of the extra bits. So there are 26k people running around the country who may have once had thumbs like this! Cool.

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#5

This Little Girl's Big, Beautiful Eyes Are Due To A Rare Genetic Syndrome Called Axenfeld-Rieger Syndrome

This Little Girl's Big, Beautiful Eyes Are Due To A Rare Genetic Syndrome Called Axenfeld-Rieger Syndrome

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Lolly
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And I'm sure with a mum who obviously loves her very much she will always know she is beautiful ❤️

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Heredity is a concept that humans have been aware of for thousands of years as we’ve cultivated crops and selectively bred animals.

However, the first formal genetic study was undertaken by a monk named Gregor Mendel in the middle of the 19th century—Mendel bred peas and noticed he could cross-pollinate them in certain ways to get green or yellow seeds.

Nowadays, the field of genetics is breaking new ground searching for new ways to treat disease or develop crops more resistant to insects or drought.

#7

Vitiligo Is A Disease That Causes Loss Of Skin Color In Patches

Vitiligo Is A Disease That Causes Loss Of Skin Color In Patches

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#8

I Traced Around My Vitiligo Spots

I Traced Around My Vitiligo Spots

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Hatred Pony
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have vitiligo! Mine's segmental (around hands, joints, eyes, mouth and neck) and usually appears after an injury or because of stress. I never knew what it was until I became an adult, my family called it Maw-maw's disease because my great grandmother was the only other person that had it. She looked like a reverse giraffe in her old age, I can't wait. Vitiligo is uniquely beautiful. <3

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#9

Neonatal Progeria Or Hutchinson-Gilford Syndrome. A Progressive Genetic Disorder That Causes Children To Age Rapidly, Starting In Their First Two Years Of Life

Neonatal Progeria Or Hutchinson-Gilford Syndrome. A Progressive Genetic Disorder That Causes Children To Age Rapidly, Starting In Their First Two Years Of Life

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Hatred Pony
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

These photos warmed my heart and made me smile. What a proud mom and precious baby!

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While genomes may differ greatly, the genes themselves are all built in the same way. A gene is a section of a long molecule called deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), or—in some viruses—a similar molecule called ribonucleic acid (RNA).

DNA and RNA are made of building blocks called nucleotides. Each nucleotide is constructed around one of the four different subunits, called bases. These bases are known as guanine, cytosine, adenine, and thymine (in RNA thymine is replaced with uracil).

A gene carries information in the sequence of its nucleotides, just as a sentence carries information in the sequence of its letters. Although most genes are made of DNA, the genes use RNA to make the proteins that are coded for in the DNA.

#10

Sectoral Heterochromia. People Always Comment On My Eyes, So I Thought I Should Post A Picture

Sectoral Heterochromia. People Always Comment On My Eyes, So I Thought I Should Post A Picture

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Aroace tiger (she/they/he)
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ok I'm aware I say this for every type of heterochromia but wow 💕

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#11

Unique Birthmark

Unique Birthmark

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#12

I Was Born With Naturally Pointed Ears

I Was Born With Naturally Pointed Ears

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Pam
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I like it. Some pay big money to get ears like yours.

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#13

Her Birthmark Created Awesome Highlights

Her Birthmark Created Awesome Highlights

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Lolly
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My daughter has this at the back of her head. Her hair is dark brown and her streak is grey. Looks stunning when she has her hair up

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Genes are located on threadlike structures called chromosomes in the cell nucleus (a chromosome itself is a long molecule of DNA with proteins attached). Each cell of an organism carries at least one chromosome. Many organisms, including humans, have numerous chromosomes in their cells.

To make a protein from a gene in DNA, a cell first builds a strand of RNA that copies the information from the DNA molecule. This process is called the transcription of a gene.

#14

I Had No Fingernails All My Life

I Had No Fingernails All My Life

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Katie Lutesinger
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I've seen this one before and wondered if it was photoshopped, so I looked into it and yes, there is a condition where you're born with partial or no fingernails. It's called Anonychia!

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#15

I Have This Thing Called Raynaud’s Disease. This Happens Every Time I Get Cold

I Have This Thing Called Raynaud’s Disease. This Happens Every Time I Get Cold

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Khara Mei
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Same. They don't always go white though, sometimes bright red, sometimes with bright orange splotches, sometimes grey/blue.

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#16

Where's My White Lash Enjoyers At? Just Wanted To Remind Everyone We Are Beautiful Because/Despite Our Vitiligo

Where's My White Lash Enjoyers At? Just Wanted To Remind Everyone We Are Beautiful Because/Despite Our Vitiligo

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#17

Both Of My Eyes Are Split Between Two Colors

Both Of My Eyes Are Split Between Two Colors

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The cell then uses the message in the RNA strand to build a protein molecule. This process is called the translation of a gene.

Only about one percent of our DNA is in protein-coding genes. The other 99 percent is noncoding DNA. Geneticists do not know the purpose of all this noncoding DNA, but they believe at least some of it is necessary for the proper functioning of cells, especially in controlling gene functions.

#18

Stef Sanjati Was Born With A Rare Condition Called Waardenburg Syndrome. It Is A Genetic Mutation Which Gives The Individual Wide-Set Eyes

Stef Sanjati Was Born With A Rare Condition Called Waardenburg Syndrome. It Is A Genetic Mutation Which Gives The Individual Wide-Set Eyes

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#19

Twin Girls Have Achondroplasia. This Genetic Disorder Is Characterized By A Large Head, Short Arms And Legs, Short Stature, Prominent Forehead, And Flat Nasal Bridge

Twin Girls Have Achondroplasia. This Genetic Disorder Is Characterized By A Large Head, Short Arms And Legs, Short Stature, Prominent Forehead, And Flat Nasal Bridge

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#20

I Have A Skin Condition Called Dermatographia Due To Which Lightly Scratching My Skin Causes Raised, Red Lines Where I've Scratched

I Have A Skin Condition Called Dermatographia Due To Which Lightly Scratching My Skin Causes Raised, Red Lines Where I've Scratched

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Angela Turrall
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3 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yes, I have this too, I have chronic urticaria also, and must take antihistamine daily, since then the Dermatographia has reduced, but still pops up occasionally.

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#21

I Have Abnormally Long Arms

I Have Abnormally Long Arms

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Falcon dimi
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3 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have that also. I am 184cm and my ´wingspan´ is 200cm. Handy to get a quick measurment

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Genetic disorders occur when a mutation (a harmful change to a gene, also known as a pathogenic variant) affects our genes or when we have the wrong amount of genetic material.

We receive half our genes from each biological parent and may inherit a gene mutation from one of them or both. Sometimes genes change due to issues within the DNA (mutations). This can raise our risk of having a genetic disorder. Some cause symptoms at birth, while others develop over time.

#22

Congenital Melanocytic Nevus. It Appears As A Circumscribed, Light Brown To Black Patch, Covering Any Size Surface Area And Any Part Of The Body

Congenital Melanocytic Nevus. It Appears As A Circumscribed, Light Brown To Black Patch, Covering Any Size Surface Area And Any Part Of The Body

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Otter-Popsicle
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Same! I have a perfectly round, coffee-colored nevus on my leg

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#23

Rare And Unique Genetic Condition Which Is Known As Waardenburg Syndrome. It Can Cause Hearing Loss And Changes In Coloring (Pigmentation) Of The Hair, Skin, And Eyes

Rare And Unique Genetic Condition Which Is Known As Waardenburg Syndrome. It Can Cause Hearing Loss And Changes In Coloring (Pigmentation) Of The Hair, Skin, And Eyes

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#24

My Name Is Sara I Have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (Classical And Dermatosparaxis)

My Name Is Sara I Have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (Classical And Dermatosparaxis)

EDS is a connective tissue disorder that inhibits the body’s ability to produce collagen As a consequence, Geurts has skin that wrinkles prematurely and makes her look older than she is. 

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#25

Hypertrichosis. Jesus Was Born With A Rare Genetic Mutation Called Hypertrichosis, Which Has Left Him With Excessive Hair Growth That Can Occur Anywhere On The Body

Hypertrichosis. Jesus Was Born With A Rare Genetic Mutation Called Hypertrichosis, Which Has Left Him With Excessive Hair Growth That Can Occur Anywhere On The Body

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Steven Allen
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Dunno if it's the same guy, but someone with this condition had shaved his face, and his kids cried because they didn't recognize him. Said he would never shave again

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Genetic disorders can be:

  • Chromosomal: This type affects the structures that hold your genes/DNA within each cell (chromosomes). With these conditions, people are missing or have duplicated chromosome material;
  • Complex (multifactorial): These disorders stem from a combination of gene mutations and other factors. They include chemical exposure, diet, certain medications, and tobacco or alcohol use;
  • Single-gene (monogenic): This group of conditions occurs from a single gene mutation.
#26

Chimeras Are Organisms With Two Different Sets Of DNA. Human Chimerism Is Rare, But Its Characteristics Are: Two Distinct Red Blood Cell Lineages Or Skin Pigmentation

Chimeras Are Organisms With Two Different Sets Of DNA. Human Chimerism Is Rare, But Its Characteristics Are: Two Distinct Red Blood Cell Lineages Or Skin Pigmentation

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Summer Mason
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have this on my tummy too. One sunburns and the other tans. Super cool to finally put a name to it.

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#27

This Toe, With It's Own Toe, Complete With It's Own Nail

This Toe, With It's Own Toe, Complete With It's Own Nail

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#28

Two Cowlicks In Different Directions

Two Cowlicks In Different Directions

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Stoopham McFernybabes
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Called a “double crown” - not all that uncommon (2/3 of my kids have them). Makes it hell to make their hair neat for school pictures!

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#29

I Have A Pear-Shaped Pupil

I Have A Pear-Shaped Pupil

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Stoopham McFernybabes
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There is a condition known as “coloboma” which can cause this type of pupil irregularities. In the show “Vikings” there was a character, based on a real historical figure known as “Sigurd Snake-in-the-eye”. It has been hypothesised by historians that Sigurd had coloboma, giving him the snake-in-the-eye look and, hence, earning him his title.

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There is often little we can do to prevent a genetic disorder. But genetic counseling and testing can help us learn more about our risks.

If you have a family history of a genetic disorder, you may wish to consider genetic counseling to see if testing is appropriate for you. Lab tests can typically show whether you have gene mutations responsible for that condition. In many cases, carrying the mutation does not always mean you’ll end up with it. 

#31

Was Born With Some Extra Skin On My Ear, So I Figured It Had To Be Done

Was Born With Some Extra Skin On My Ear, So I Figured It Had To Be Done

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#32

Shilah Madison Was Born With A Condition Because Of Which Her Hair Constantly Stands Up

Shilah Madison Was Born With A Condition Because Of Which Her Hair Constantly Stands Up

The "Uncomfortable hair syndrome" is quite painful and the hair often breaks off from the roots, explains her mother.

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#33

There's A Tooth In My Chin

There's A Tooth In My Chin

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#34

Bam Syndrome Is A Rare Genetic Disorder In Which Children Are Born With A Small Nose Or No Nose At All. Also, They May Have Problems With Vision And Their Eyes

Bam Syndrome Is A Rare Genetic Disorder In Which Children Are Born With A Small Nose Or No Nose At All. Also, They May Have Problems With Vision And Their Eyes

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Susan S
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3 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So, she had a tracheotomy to enable her to still breath while eating, I assume. I wonder if she has mucus issues when she cries since her nose is tiny or not there?

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#35

Here’s A Picture Of The Hand I Was Born With

Here’s A Picture Of The Hand I Was Born With

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#36

Interesting Iris Pattern (It Doesn’t Affect Vision)

Interesting Iris Pattern (It Doesn’t Affect Vision)

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#37

Congenital Melanocytic Nevus Is Visible Pigmented Spots On The Skin Present At Birth. They Usually Are Brown, Tan, Pink, Or Black. Some Moles Produce Dark, Coarse Hair

Congenital Melanocytic Nevus Is Visible Pigmented Spots On The Skin Present At Birth. They Usually Are Brown, Tan, Pink, Or Black. Some Moles Produce Dark, Coarse Hair

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#38

My Little Sister Was Born With Six Fingers

My Little Sister Was Born With Six Fingers

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#39

I Had Identical Twin Girls, And One Ear On One Of The Baby Is An Elf Ear

I Had Identical Twin Girls, And One Ear On One Of The Baby Is An Elf Ear

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#40

A Photo A Friend Took A While Back Of My Eyes Which Shows My Rare Eye Condition, Double Coloboma (Of The Iris And Retina). I Have This In Both Eyes

A Photo A Friend Took A While Back Of My Eyes Which Shows My Rare Eye Condition, Double Coloboma (Of The Iris And Retina). I Have This In Both Eyes

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#41

I Was Born With A Hole At The Top Of My Ear That Used To “Cry” When I Cried As A Baby

I Was Born With A Hole At The Top Of My Ear That Used To “Cry” When I Cried As A Baby

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#42

I Have Somewhat Long Thumbs

I Have Somewhat Long Thumbs

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Hellebore
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Perfect to hitchhike ! (Even cowgirls get the blues )

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#43

My Girlfriend's Birthmark In Her Eye

My Girlfriend's Birthmark In Her Eye

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#44

None Of My Fingers (Or Toes) Have Middle Knuckles, And It's Hereditary

None Of My Fingers (Or Toes) Have Middle Knuckles, And It's Hereditary

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#45

I Have Skeeter Syndrome (Allergic To Mosquito Salvia)

I Have Skeeter Syndrome (Allergic To Mosquito Salvia)

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Pam
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wow. I have never heard of this. I hope it’s not too painful.

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#46

My Hands After Washing The Dishes For 20 Minutes

My Hands After Washing The Dishes For 20 Minutes

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Khara Mei
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I've seen this post on reddit before. This level of wrinkling in that timespan is a known indicator for someone who has or is carrying the gene for cystic fibrosis.

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#47

There's A Patch On My Leg That Doesn't Get Goosebumps

There's A Patch On My Leg That Doesn't Get Goosebumps

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#48

I Have Muscle Hypertrophy (Muscles Grow Big Without Exercise). I Got Botox In My Jaw Yesterday Because Of This

I Have Muscle Hypertrophy (Muscles Grow Big Without Exercise). I Got Botox In My Jaw Yesterday Because Of This

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Karen Harris
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My daughter had such big muscles that she ended up needing to go to physical therapy as they were so tight she couldn’t stand up straight. The doctor said she had hypertrophy. She is perfectly normal, but built like a gymnast with cut muscles. She was 10 at the time. She is also the fastest girl I have ever seen.

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#49

I Have A Freckle On My Eye

I Have A Freckle On My Eye

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#50

Fell Asleep On A Chair. I Apparently Have Remarkably Level Shoulders

Fell Asleep On A Chair. I Apparently Have Remarkably Level Shoulders

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Stoopham McFernybabes
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3 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Is it not just the shirt being pulled taut between your shoulders?

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