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Lobster hand

Lobster hand is a rare congenital deformity of the hand where the middle digit is missing, and the hand is cleft where the metacarpal of the finger should be. This split gives the hands the appearance of lobster claws. more...



Other names

  • Lobster claw hand
  • Lobster hand
  • Split hand deformity
  • Cleft hand
  • Ectrodactilia of the hand
  • Karsch-Neugebauer syndrome


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Do you give good bud 911? Are you as helpful as you can be when your pal is in a jam? Rock this quiz, and you'll find out! Then read on to learn even better
From Girls' Life, 6/1/04 by Lisa Mulcahy

1 Your BFF Beth accidentally falls asleep poolside in the sun and wakes up looking like the world's largest lobster. The only way she can leave is by walking past her crush Chad, who's parked with his crew near the diving board. How do you help Beth out?

a) You wrap her up in your beach towel like a mummy, then motor for the exit. b) You stay put with her for hours, until Chad and his crew finally head home and the coast is clear. c) You casually walk with her, chatting and laughing and acting like everything's normal, straight past the dude.

2 You overhear the nastiest clique of chicks at camp talking trash about your girl Sara. What do you do?

a) Find Sara, and repeat every icky word they said about her. Friendship is all about being honest. b) You confront the chicks on the spot, saying, "Sara's my friend, and you need to quit dissing her now." c) You pretend you didn't hear, so you don't have to get involved.

3 Your BFF Lindsay is going to a fancy summer party with her 'rents, and she's having a fashion meltdown. When Lindsay calls and asks you to come over to help her get dressed, you ...

a) sift quickly through her closet, yank out a long black skirt and say, "You could probably dress this up with a nice white top or something." b) dig through Lindsay's entire closet until you've put together the perfect outfit, complete with fab shoes, a bag and jewelry. c) scope out all Lindsay's threads, then say, "There's nothing here. Better tell your folks they should go without you. Gotta go or I'll miss Summerland. Have a fun time, see ya!"

4 Your bud Jamie failed her algebra class in the last semester, so she's going to summer school and is still totally confused about trig concepts. How do you help her deal?

a) When she's stressed and needs to talk, you offer her support and tell her everything will be OK. b) You head over to her house every afternoon to help her work out every one of the icky equations she has for homework. c) You don't. You're not so swift at math yourself.

5 Your girl Ashley calls you up. She just found out that Josh, the next-door neighbor she's been crushing on forever, has a hot new girlfriend. What do you say to make her feel better?

a) "Oh, well. There are plenty more fish in the sea." b) "Ash, you are gorgeous, smart and funny. We are so going to find you someone great. Why don't you hit Jessica's party with me this weekend?" c) "Can I call you back? I was just gonna nuke some Orville Redenbacher."



You hove your heart in the right place but, when it comes to truly offering the best to a bud, your record's a little spotty. The good news? All you've gotta do is work on your follow-through. Think about the impact your words and actions have on your bud, and keep your bud's feelings in mind. (Telling her every word of the mean stuff people say about her is more brutal than honest.)


You rule when it comes to friendship first aid. The key to your success? You think about how you'd feel if you we're in her flip-flops. You're also willing to put in the time and effort to carry your bud through the toughest crises. Make sure you only hang with friends who will do the same for you!


Time to get off the Me Train and care more about other people's probs and concerns. You think about your bud's issues only in term of how they affect you--you're not into getting involved if things could get messy, complicated or inconvenient. How to fix it? Say, I'm really sorry! haven't been there for you as much as I could have." Then, make a real effort to watch her back and be there when she truly needs you. In no time, you two will get so much closer!

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