If you have big feet, stop bragging. Now, all the cool kids have long ring fingers.
A study in the British Journal of Cancer appears to show that men whose ring fingers are longer than their index fingers are more likely to develop prostate cancer. If you’re a man, chances are you’ve already checked your fingers and found cause for alarm. Don’t worry too much: the majority of men have a longer ring finger.
Yep, I’m at risk. But according to another study, it also means I’m a man:
Digit ratio is to some extent sexually dimorphic—men tend to have longer ring fingers, women more or less equal ring and index fingers—and is thought to be an indicator of one’s level of exposure to testosterone in the womb.
And it just keeps getting better. A 2002 study says guys with longer ring fingers are more fertile than those with an even ratio between ring and index finger. A longer ring finger also promises a higher-paying job and better driving skills. I am not making this up.
Unfortunately, it’s not all rainbows and butterflies for us long-ring-fingered gentlemen:
Testosterone is believed to protect against heart attacks, and a 2001 study showed a lower risk of early heart attacks in men with the smallest index-to-ring finger ratios.
So, if you’ve got a small ring finger, you’ll probably live a longer, healthier life, but who cares? We’re the ones who get to have all the fun.