Three Nipples?

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An ex girlfriend of mine had/has three nipples .. she used to postulate that in the middle ages she could have been burned as a witch for such a travesty ..

I've been looking into this today, Scaramanga (played by Christopher Lee) had three nips in The Man With The Golden Gun .. I was wondering if anyone else has heard of myths or folklore surrounding the three nipples? ....

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supernumerary_nipple


NSFW .. potentially some nudity in this below link so warning ..

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=three nipples images&biw=877&bih=415&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjJqsKiiObMAhWbF8AKHYTbAdwQ_AUIBigB
 

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I imagine like you, Swifty, I always think of the topless fortune teller from Mallrats when I hear about third nipples. Of course, that was a scam, but a visually pleasing scam. I'm pretty sure in the middle ages a third nipple was among the things regarded by Matthew Hopkins types as a 'mark of the devil', although in the absence of such a feature, any old mark would probably have done. I'll give the books a squeeze and see what squirts out.
 

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I always think of the topless fortune teller from Mallrats when I hear about third nipples. Of course, that was a scam
The character in Mallrats (Ivana I think?) used bubble gum to make her fake nipple but there's quite a few real three nippled people out there as I understand it. Maybe it's some sort of genetic throwback to breast feeding more youngsters? .. I've read somewhere that in folklore, women with three nipples were enabling devil worship by allowing people to suckle on the third teat .. a load of bollocks obviously but it's still interesting ..
 

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Hopkins recruited two assistants, John Stearne and Mary Phillipps, and together they searched suspected witches for 'witch-marks', supposedly supernumerary nipples used by witches to suckle their imps. As the skins of women past the menopause often produce warty growths, in the archetypal 'hag' these 'nipples' were not hard to find. The 'witch-marks' were said to be insensitive to pain and not to bleed if pricked, so 'pricking' for witchcraft became a detection method, and Hopkins and his team used a tool with a retractable spike, which gave the impression that it had pierced the flesh but drawn no blood.
The Lore of the Land - Jennifer Westwood and Jacqueline Simpson, in the section on 'Manningtree'

Also, so far...
It seems that sorcerers and witches had a mark imprinted by Satan upon some secret part of their body, and that a kind of painful tingling in this vulnerable spot warned them when they were to go to the Sabbath.
Illustrated Anthology of Sorcery, Magic and Alchemy - Émile Grillot De Givry

No mention of nipples here specifically, but I like the idea of the diabolical pager.
 

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I know of one chap with three nipples, though one seems imperfectly formed.

There used to be two chaps in my teenage circle of aquaintance, one of whom had one testicle and one of whom had three, I immediately suggested that they come to some arrangement to achieve normality, but they didn't seem keen.
 
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I know of one chap with three nipples, though one seems imperfectly formed.

There used to be two chaps in my teenage circle of aquaintance, one of whom had one testicle and one of whom had three, I immediately suggested that they come to some arrangement to achieve normality, but they didn't seem keen.
Hmm, sounds as if you were acquainted with the Nazi party leadership!
 

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I know of one chap with three nipples, though one seems imperfectly formed.

There used to be two chaps in my teenage circle of aquaintance, one of whom had one testicle and one of whom had three, I immediately suggested that they come to some arrangement to achieve normality, but they didn't seem keen.
Did the chap with 3 become a porn star?
 
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When he was 12 Clive Dunn came very close to dying on the table while undergoing an operation to remove a third nipple. Little known fact, that.
I should've thought that was an extremely low-risk procedure...it seems reasonable to suggest that either surgeon and/or anesthetist must have been spectacularly incompetent.
 

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Heh, I can relate.
I have an extra nipple of which I'm proud as it produced milk when I lactated for my babies.
Used to think, this would've had me accused of witchcraft! :eek:
We already knew you were a witch before this revelation, as you've enchanted us all for so long.:D
 

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Heh, I can relate.
I have an extra nipple of which I'm proud as it produced milk when I lactated for my babies.
Used to think, this would've had me accused of witchcraft! :eek:
That's too cool :cool: ...

I've never been a Family Guy fan ... but there's this vid as well ... men get them just as often it seems .. maybe this thread should be moved to Human Conditions on second thoughts..

 
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In the 70's I was in a consciousness-raising group (how 70's!) with a woman who had a third nipple. It was small and undeveloped like a pre-pubescent child's nipple, just below one of her "real" breasts. We revealed a lot to each other in that group.
 

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I should've thought that was an extremely low-risk procedure...it seems reasonable to suggest that either surgeon and/or anesthetist must have been spectacularly incompetent.
I don't know much about medical matters but I bet it bleeds like buggery when you remove a nipple... Anyway I read an article once about supernumerary nips which suggested that they can appear anywhere on a line from roughly under your arms down your chest to level with your naval. Many folk have them and don't realise because they are so small and malformed they think they're moles or they don't appear on the surface at all. It's just a leftover of evolution.
 

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... It's just a leftover of evolution.
.. that was my theory road as well ... other mammals have teats or nipples but they both do the same thing in providing milk to babies ... so when people grow third nipples (men as well strangely
although they don't lactate), is that a genetic throw back to when 'litters' of new borns were more common perhaps that we've evolved from? ..
 

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.. that was my theory road as well ... other mammals have teats or nipples but they both do the same thing in providing milk to babies ... so when people grow third nipples (men as well strangely
although they don't lactate), is that a genetic throw back to when 'litters' of new borns were more common perhaps that we've evolved from? ..
Possibly a throw back, or could just be a wrong instruction to grow a nipple somewhere there wouldn't ordinarily be one. As far as males having nipples is concerned, the explanation usually rolled out to us is that nipples develop in an embryo before sex is determined, except in the rat, apparently, which is the only male mammal without nipples. Or it could be the only male placental mammal without nipples, since I seem to remember the platypus just sweats milk without having nipples, mammary glands being just modified sweat glands.

EDIT And as far a male lactation is concerned, it's been documented in several mammals, ourselves included. And newborn babies of both genders produce neonatal milk, also called 'witch's milk', which can be used by witches to feed their familiars, presumably if their third nipple is cracking or sore. I had no idea this topic would be so interesting. I should still be asleep, yet here I am googling male lactation.
 
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And newborn babies of both genders produce neonatal milk, also called 'witch's milk', which can be used by witches to feed their familiars, presumably if their third nipple is cracking or sore. I had no idea this topic would be so interesting. I should still be asleep, yet here I am googling male lactation.
Take my next answer with a pinch of salt because it was an add on to a question in a pub quiz I went to at college .. and the quizzer could have been telling the truth .. he stated that all (human) baby boys are able to produce semen in the first week of their lives but then can't again until puberty ... interesting stuff although I'm wary of researching that on the internet in case the police come knocking on my door ... When the quizzer told that to the pub teams, some wit shouted out with"What? .. you mean I've missed a whole week!" :rofl: .... so anyway, if anyone fancies getting a computer virus on my behalf by researching this, I'd be interested to know if it's true or not.
 

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The Austrian case cited in this newly-started thread:

https://forums.forteana.org/index.p...-tissue-located-elsewhere-on-ones-body.65968/

... provides the first general explanation I've ever seen for such additional features. It turns out that ectopic breast tissues can thrive and even be functional in other parts of the body.

This passage from the article cited in that thread seems particularly relevant ...

About 1% to 5% of female infants are born with ectopic or "accessory" breast tissue, but it's very rare to find this tissue in the vulva, the report said. Most commonly, ectopic breast tissue occurs in the armpit area. In some cases, women have additional breast tissue with nipples or areola (the pigmented area surrounding the nipple), but in other cases, the breast tissue alone is present, without nipples or areola. ...
SOURCE: https://www.livescience.com/65695-woman-lactates-from-vulva.html
 
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