The oldest hominid footprints in the world were found a few months ago. They showed a big toe and four smaller toes. What became more fascinating was that these were straight toes – not curved, as in our ape-like ancestors, proving that this creature walked upright. We never give our big toe the attention it deserves. The big toe is strength. The big toe is fortitude. Without it, you wouldn’t be able to walk.
“The Toe.” That’s what they called him, from the time he joined the Cleveland Browns until he retired Even though he was a star offensive tackle, until a back injury forced him to be only a kicking specialist, only. His name was Lou Groza, and some of you may remember him as the NFL Player of the year in 1954.
Burl Ives sings that Thumbalina “Is no bigger than my toe,” and it is said that Uma Thurman has to have the most famous toes in Hollywood Why the public focuses on toes is the big question. The toe has always, for some reason, been the symbol of strength and grace throughout the modern civilized world. Whether you talk about Bigfoot Bob & the Toe Tappers, a jazz and blues band in Michigan,. – or the Toe Jam Puppet Band from Massachusetts, it’s always been a mark of a straight-forward point of view or standing firm. Toeing the line is standing tough, and toeing the mark is to stand stalwart and strong. But lets look at the biggest, proudest and bravest toe on the foot: The
Big Toe. .
If you go on line, you’ll encounter the BIG TOE REVIEW, a journal of flash fiction and poetry; BIG TOE BOOKS, a series of children’s programs by the BBC; and you’ll find the WIKIANSWERS.COM is asking if anyone know which living human has the world’s largest big toe.
And when you think “big toe,” chances are you’re envisioning the hallux. It’s the biggest toe, and the innermost part of the foot. A lot of guys call it the “great” toe, and others refer to at as the “thumb” toe, though only God knows, it’s not opposable. “Hallux” is derived from the Latin, and is the longest toe for most people.
Just like every other part of the human, genetics plays a part here. Not only the big toe inherited, but the size, shape and length of it are, also. In most people, it’s the biggest toe. But then there’s Morton’s Toe. Here’s an inherited trait that causes the second toe to be the longest. And then there’s a genetic problem called firbrodysplasia ossificans progressive that can cause a short big toe. In any case, medically speaking, the big toe is always referred to as “Toe I.”