berlin c/o chuen seng teoh
Via the ever mind-expanding kottke.org, I discovered Chantel Tattoli’s piece for The Paris Review, The Surprising History (and Future) of Fingerprints and the major thing that jumped out to me is the following notion:
It is true that every print is unique to every finger, even for identical twins, who share the same genetic code. Fingerprints are formed by friction from touching the walls of our mother’s womb. Sometimes they are called “chanced impressions.” By Week 19, about four months before we are issued into the world, they are set.
Although kottke.org did mention that there isn’t established scientific consensus around this process, I’m choosing to disregard all that and fully commit to this wonderful idea instead.