QuestionWhat the heck are toenails good for? Toenails are a useless atavism.
      – BorgClown, 2009-03-11 at 02:23:35   (14 comments)

On 2009-03-11 at 02:25:24, BorgClown wrote...
Almost all of our nails are useless. Too thin and blunt to be used as weapons, except for small animals and other humans, which just compounds their lameness. At least fingernails can be used to scratch, or manipulate small things.
On 2009-03-11 at 05:26:40, Baslisks wrote...
They increase the sensitivity on the lower parts of your fingers. It protects you from some real simple but additive damage. If I didn't have nails at the end of my fingers a hard substance of scabs, callouses, and scars would be there instead.
On 2009-03-11 at 13:24:45, Thelevellers wrote...
The question is about TOEnails... Fingernails are useful, but I can't think of any use for my toenails... My housemate claims parmasan replacement... :S
On 2009-03-11 at 15:18:47, Lee J Haywood wrote...
You only have to ask what it's like not to have something to recognise its usefulness. Nails have multiple purposes. If you cut fingernails too short, you soon discover that it's impossible to use them as tweezers and the skin on top feels particularly exposed. Toenails are especially useful when something is dropped on your toes. I guess both types of nails add stiffness. It seems similar to the way you might ask what purpose eyebrows serve, since they're always there it's not immediately obvious how good they are at deflecting from your eyes. http://adelaide.craigslist.com.au/rnr/1009317465.html
On 2009-03-11 at 17:14:27, Saywhatagain wrote...
If you have ever loss a finger or toenail, you know how fast it regenerates. If we are genetically so predisposed to fast re-growth, there must be a survival mechanism at play that we are not aware of, or have so recently evolved past the necessity that our biology has not as yet caught up. If that is the case, I certainly wish for a quick change only because long toenails on women in bed is a small but distracting annoyance from the task at hand.
On 2009-03-11 at 19:17:19, Thelevellers wrote...
"...a frustrating fart that slid up and down between my cheeks like a lost gerbil. " Genius. Thanks for sharing Lee... ;-) I will admit I had forgotten about dropping stuff on yous toes...
On 2009-03-13 at 18:18:50, BorgClown wrote...
@Lee J Haywood: OMFG... Best I-wonder-what-happens-if... story ever!
On 2009-03-13 at 18:23:06, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Hmm, it wasn't that good... just stupid entertainment. I don't suppose you read any of the Sam Hughes short stories I mentioned a while back? Or there's the other 'stories' like The Gimli glider incident. http://discussionator.com/bookmarks.html#Stories
On 2009-03-13 at 18:30:12, BorgClown wrote...
Wait up, between your stories and TheLeveller's videos (Priest off!) I won't be able to do anything today. Although it's not like I'm doing anything particularly productive today, I took the day off.
On 2009-03-15 at 21:57:45, Thelevellers wrote...
Glad to hear I am helping someone skive! :D
On 2009-03-17 at 02:00:09, BorgClown wrote...
I suppose fingernails really aid to minimize mechanical damage: http://www.magnetnerd.com/Neodymium%20Magnets/Dirks%20Accident.htm
On 2009-03-19 at 16:12:40, Lee J Haywood wrote...
If you think your fingernails aren't useful, put a small piece of tape (or a plaster) over the ends and see how long you can go for before you need them.
On 2009-03-19 at 16:50:16, Baslisks wrote...
I never have finger nails long enough to be useful so I have developed skills that allow me to function in the real world. New techniques for picking up dimes on flat surfaces and such.
On 2009-03-21 at 07:44:16, BorgClown wrote...
Fingernails are useful, but toenails are not so much. Maybe if we didn't use shoes...