Decluttering the Human Body, or Parts Evolution Missed

When I posted my recent list of Posts I Haven’t Written Yet, I included one rather strange title: Human Parts Left Behind by Evolution. I think the idea crossed my brain one evening while considering how much better my shoes would fit if I didn’t have those silly little toes on the outside edge of my foot. My feet are wide enough, so those fifth toes really aren’t necessary, are they?

I posted my post detailing posts I haven’t written as a challenge to myself. I would eventually write each of them, I told myself, if I wrote them down and told you I was working on them. But why did I include that one? Could I really get a post out of it? Yes, it turns out, I can.

If you think about it, the human body is cluttered with bits and pieces we just don’t need. I’m trying to simplify my life, but how can I ever truly reach minimalism or simplicity with those extra toes?

I’m fine with my body just as it is, but a quick Google search for “unnecessary body parts” turns up plenty of discussion on this fascinating topic. Wisdom teeth, the appendix, tonsils and what many people insist on calling the pinky toe are quickly dismissed by most writers as useless.

Hmm… While every toe might be necessary for proper balance, toenails certainly can’t be. Can they?

Others suggest we don’t really need muscles for wiggling our ears or for grasping with our feet. Nipples on males make some lists, for reasons I wouldn’t care to defend. A more complete list of useless parts has apparently been circulating on the Internet , too (like the one posted here).

So which parts are you willing to shed? I still have my appendix and the portion of my tonsils that hasn’t rotted away during one of my life’s many sore throats. My wisdom teeth are crammed uncomfortably into the back of my mouth, but they’re still there. In short, I’m fully equipped and proud of that fact. I’ll keep decluttering my life, but my parts are staying where they were installed as long as possible.

Whether you consider them escapees from an otherwise orderly evolution or God’s little jokes, however, these useless bits are still worth considering, and that’s just what we’ve done today.

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