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(HelenaIR.com)   Seven-year-old Montana boy born missing three fingers feels self-conscious about it, but he's told it doesn't mean a thing by a special visitor to class: Montana Senator Jon Tester, who's also missing three fingers   (helenair.com) divider line 89
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2012-12-09 03:53:16 AM
Plus 1, submitter. The look on the mom's face is, uh, genuine...every once in awhile Fark counterbalances the usual snark and political ravings with a story that is actually a pleasure to read.
 
2012-12-09 03:57:17 AM

dickfreckle: My best friend is missing a hand. The entire hand, mind you. She can do everything you and I do. The only time she ever needed my help was holding a dustpan while she swept it in. Badass girl, this one.

I'm a huge fan of people born or torn up, and yet manage to make the rest of us look like morans. I thought I had it bad being deaf in one ear.


In some conversations, partial deafness could be an advantage. You only hear half the idiocy.

/Lemonade and all that
 
2012-12-09 04:06:33 AM

ladyfortuna: I dated two mechanics, the bruises, scraped off skin, and general lack of mobility was reason enough to be concerned. You can't deny the *possibility* of losing fingers in that job.


Mechanics are aware of the dangers of working around machinery. Bruising or scraping your hand on non-running machinery is a completely different thing than losing a finger/hand/arm in a running machine. Criminy, you can do permanent damage to your finger while slicing cucumbers.

Just as an example, did either of those two mechanics wear any kind of jewelry while they were working? Rings, necklaces? Did they leave those tie strings in their hooded sweatshirts?

I guess my point is that in my opinion mechanical experience will make you less likely to lose/injure a finger while slicing cucumbers. Or doing anything else. Mechanical experience will make you take your gold wedding ring off when you open your car hood. Ya know, if ya touch that battery post with your ring, it'll melt your flesh to the bone instantly.

Mechanical experience will make you get rid of any piece of clothing that's loose or hangs when around "running" machinery.

I guess I'm saying that awareness and experience will keep you safer than the lack of awareness and experience.
 
2012-12-09 04:19:07 AM
Things you can't do without a full set of digits

palm two basketballs
concert piano
cats cradle

The kid's got a better deal than the senator. Index or middle and thumb can apply a better grip than thumb and pinky.

I had a co-worker who was missing a pinkie, and I asked him one day if he ever lied about how he lost it. He pepped right up and said "Yeah, at the bars I'll say I lost my pinky playing with the Dallas Stars or to a shark while scuba diving. But I find that 'I got blown up in Iraq' works pretty well."
 
2012-12-09 04:33:43 AM

DVOM: ladyfortuna:

I guess I'm saying that awareness and experience will keep you safer than the lack of awareness and experience.


Obviously, but there is no 100% guarantee against it when you're routinely putting your hands near machinery. Hence, why I chose not to do so 99.999999% of my time on this earth. Also I am extremely paranoid about slicing food with knives. I don't even have any chance of a 'professional' musical career, but I like knowing I can play for my own enjoyment whenever; not to mention I would prefer to do my own typing if I ever manage to finish one of my several 'in-progress' novels. I don't want to fark around with that speech-to-text stuff when I can type faster.

Let me just say, after my car accident and the shock that caused tingling in my hands, I was 1000% relieved to find out it was the shock, not the neck injury that brought that feeling on. I was very scared of loss of mobility for about fifteen minutes.
 
2012-12-09 05:40:43 AM
"I wasn't much older than you guys when I lost these in a meat grinder,"

farking ow.
 
2012-12-09 06:30:41 AM
The boy should be introduced to Django Reinhardt's music.
 
2012-12-09 06:45:07 AM
Big whoop: It's not a shocker to me.
 
2012-12-09 06:56:11 AM
Oops, forgot this.

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Link
 
2012-12-09 07:05:20 AM
simpsonswiki.net
 
2012-12-09 07:22:08 AM

RoyBatty: We should remember though, the boy was born a freak while the Senator was born a normal who had an unfortunate accident


I worked at university for a year, supporting a guy who had cerebral palsy to study. That attitude, at least at the time, was real and held by a lot of the 'accidentally' disabled. Pissed me off no end
 
2012-12-09 07:53:33 AM
Wow. A member of Congress actually involved in a positive act. Amazing.
 
2012-12-09 07:55:40 AM
My granddad lost most of the index finger on his right hand in an accident when he was an apprentice mechanic. He used to play a trick on us kids and stick his stump up a nostril and then pull it out, telling us that it had been bitten off by the tiger. The tiger lived up his nose and only came out when he went to pick it.

Worked.
 
2012-12-09 08:18:33 AM
CSB time

My niece lost a hand to mesotheloma (sp?) at age 24. She has performed as "Magenta" in a little theater production of Rocky Horror Show for years, just prior to Halloween.

She wears a small foam prosthetic covered with lace gloves on stage. There's a scene where "Columbia" yells "Let's give the Master a hand!" and my niece tears off the prosthetic and waves her arm "I already did!"

Gets a tremendous reaction every time.
 
2012-12-09 08:23:41 AM

Snarfangel: Are we sure he's seven years old? He may have held up all of his fingers and said "This many."

/I don't always go to Hell, but when I do, I travel business class.


I'm going to feel bad as soon as I'm done laughing, but it may take a while.
 
2012-12-09 08:25:52 AM

RoyBatty:
We should remember though, the boy was born a freak while the Senator was born a normal who had an unfortunate accident.


Are you trying to create antagonism between the crips and bloods? It doesn't matter if a person was born crippled or got disabled by an accident.
 
2012-12-09 08:32:03 AM

L.D. Ablo: ModernLuddite: The mere mention of losing three fingers in a meat grinder is enough to fuel my nightmares for a long time to come.

*shudder*

I once worked at a PI law firm.

One of the clients lost most of her hand in an industrial grinder. We had pictures of, well, everything. Those still haunt me.



When I was a teenager, my mom would do medical transcription on the side, working evenings on the computer. She practiced getting the terminology and spelling right by copying thngs out of medical texts. (Spelling and proper terminology are important to her. I'm a second-generation Grammar Nazi)

What bothered me the most was the lack of blood. It made it seem less real, which was somehow more horrifying. Guy gets run over by his lawnmower, the medical photo is his leg and foot with his heel and part of his ankle sliced clean off, just one straight line of "missing southwest of here". No blood.
 
2012-12-09 08:36:26 AM

DVOM:
I was an auto mechanic for 20 yrs and I don't remember ever seeing a mechanic with less than all of their fingers.


I lost the tip of my middle finger once after I accidentally swiped a freshly-cut pipe. It grew back.

The hardest thing to find nowadays is anybody who still has all of their hair. I'm nearing 35 and I'm the youngest person in the industry that I know, and one of the few hose hair hasn't gone all silvery-gray.
 
2012-12-09 08:37:51 AM
He's right to feel self concious, he's a freak.
 
2012-12-09 08:49:21 AM
The 7-year-old knows firsthand the challenges of being different.

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2012-12-09 08:54:28 AM
Came for a Radar O'Reilly reference, leaving disappointed.
 
2012-12-09 08:54:54 AM
phrawgh: Snapper Carr: Give that kid a guitar

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Would like a word...


\m/\m/
 
2012-12-09 09:30:33 AM

quatchi: Wait, when did Montana get a cool Senator?

I keed. Props to JT.


He is a really, really interesting guy. He is the only Quaker serving in the Congress right now.
 
2012-12-09 09:32:13 AM
The Tester... none in the pink & 1 in the stink
 
2012-12-09 09:48:57 AM

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Yeah... unless the photographer put a light on her looks like someone got a little levels happy in Photoshop.
 
2012-12-09 09:49:44 AM
Does that Senator have 10 fingers?

Nope, Chuck Testa.
 
2012-12-09 10:27:16 AM
Most people got more fingers than they need.
 
2012-12-09 10:27:43 AM

Metalithic: dickfreckle: My best friend is missing a hand. The entire hand, mind you. She can do everything you and I do. The only time she ever needed my help was holding a dustpan while she swept it in. Badass girl, this one.

I'm a huge fan of people born or torn up, and yet manage to make the rest of us look like morans. I thought I had it bad being deaf in one ear.

In some conversations, partial deafness could be an advantage. You only hear half the idiocy.

/Lemonade and all that


You also have a ready made excuse when you want to ignore someone and they call you on it: "I'm sorry, that is my bad ear and I didn't hear a thing"

//also deaf in one ear
 
2012-12-09 11:15:29 AM
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2012-12-09 12:08:47 PM
My great-grandfather lost 3 fingers as a little boy, but that didn't stop him from being highly decorated in both world wars.

The kid will be fine, especially when he realizes it's no impediment, and anyone who laughs at him is a schmuck.
 
2012-12-09 12:58:48 PM

RoyBatty: Quantum Apostrophe: RoyBatty: That's a great story and I am glad it was greened so we could see it.

We should remember though, the boy was born a freak while the Senator was born a normal who had an unfortunate accident.

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The wiki synopsis of that is interesting, and for a novel written in the 50s, seems intriguingly coherent with today.


That's because great truths are independent of the time frame. Most sci-fi is forgettable trash, but every once in a while, there's a gem. Here's another.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SLAN
 
2012-12-09 01:00:08 PM
Tester has always been enormously cool and well liked. This guy has been elected to the US Senate TWICE as a Democrat from one of the most conservative states in the nation. If we had a Congress full of people like him shiat would get done.
 
2012-12-09 01:03:23 PM
My grandmother was born with a left arm that ended right below the elbow, but she lived alone on a farm in the country for decades after my grandfather died, and damned if she couldn't pick up her rifle, throw the barrel over the stump, and pick off a snake in the yard like it was nothing.

She also had tiny, tiny vestigial fingers at the end of the nub, and would regularly have to trim the fingernails back on those little bumps, and was very patient at her grandkids' fascination over them.

/Miss ya, Mema
 
2012-12-09 01:53:09 PM
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2012-12-09 05:26:13 PM
My grandpa was missing part of his right index finger from an industrial accident and they still took him into the Army in WW2 and made him a tank gunner.
My friend lost half her middle finger in a meat grinder as a child; her parents owned a butcher shop & she was grinding meat and it got clogged and she shoved it with her finger and .... yeah. I forgot what, but she was doing something a few years ago, and needed her finger to be longer, so I made her a prosthetic out of a rubber thimble and some clay. I guess I was so used to my grandpa's missing finger that hers never bothered me, but other people were grossed out by it for some reason.
 
2012-12-09 07:45:26 PM

DuncanMhor: RoyBatty: We should remember though, the boy was born a freak while the Senator was born a normal who had an unfortunate accident

I worked at university for a year, supporting a guy who had cerebral palsy to study. That attitude, at least at the time, was real and held by a lot of the 'accidentally' disabled. Pissed me off no end


Cerebral palsy can be acquired to improve studying? Still doesn't seem worth it...

(Attempt at) humor aside, what a bizarre distinction. I'm not sure it ever occurred to me that some disabled people looking down on other disabled people based on the origin of the disability could be a thing. Although perhaps it shouldn't come as a surprise, given how it unfortunately used to be so socially acceptable (despite it making no farking sense) to treat many congenital conditions as being shameful somehow. The irrational contradictions people can cling to for the sake of maintaining prejudices can get pretty weird...
 
2012-12-09 07:55:09 PM

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I almost choked to death
 
2012-12-10 02:08:03 PM
he might be Jon Tester, but hopefully he's not TESTING video games with those HANDS
 
2012-12-10 10:21:04 PM
Did he lose one in the stink and two in the pink?
 
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