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09 May 2007

Why do so many people have a little crescent-shaped scar next to their left eye?
They do? I've never noticed before. Now I'm going to start looking.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero 09 May | 10:54
I just saw two picking up a newspaper.
posted by StickyCarpet 09 May | 10:58
No idea. Gang tat removal, maybe?
posted by eamondaly 09 May | 11:08
Is the 'crescent shape' pretty much the same in the cases you've seen? How big a scar? Aren't many scars vaguely crescent shaped? I ask because my son has a scar near his eye (don't remember if it's left or right side) from an unfortunate meeting with a glass-topped coffe table when he was younger. It's not distinctly a crescent, but I could see it being described as such.
posted by danostuporstar 09 May | 11:14
My guess would be that they scratched themselves during infancy. I don't know why it would be left-dominant, though.

(Or, on preview, an unfortunate encounter with low-hanging furniture.)

Or else it's where the mind-control implant was inserted.
posted by Fuzzbean 09 May | 11:16
I think the moon was trying to hit their eye like a big pizza pie, but missed. That would explain the crescent shape.
posted by iconomy 09 May | 11:17
My daughter has one too - she had a meetup with a step corner on her first birthday. It's crescent-shaped and it's next to her left eye.
posted by iconomy 09 May | 11:18
That's where I go in to suck out souls. Sorry if it's off-putting, but hey, I gotta do wot I gotta do.
posted by cobra! 09 May | 11:18
Holy crap. I've got one. Weird. I got it when I was chasing my friend in kindergarten class because he had my jacket. I tripped and smacked my face on the corner of the metal desk. It swelled up so much I remember running in PE during the following week and seeing my face bounce up and down under my eye.
posted by mike9322 09 May | 11:25
I have one, *under* my left eye, where I got kicked by a tap-shoe, playing follow the leader. It's mostly faded and can only be seen in certain lights. I call it my "Bad Seed" scar. My sister has one (I don't recall which eye) from chicken pox, but it's more circular.
posted by crush-onastick 09 May | 11:54
My guess is its a turn-your-head reflex when something is coming at your face (I know I would turn my head to the right,) crescent-shaped because its not stitched and there's a gap, plus little kids pick at wounds, probably more so if they are self-consious about a visible one.
posted by StickyCarpet 09 May | 12:17
I have one. Met the corner of a nightstand head-first while playing in my best friend's bedroom at the age of six.
The only people who ever notice it are guys I date, for some reason.

posted by kellydamnit 09 May | 12:33
I have one! I came running in from the backyard swimming pool when I was six or seven, and my feet were wet, so I slipped and almost put my eye out on the edge of a table. I had to get stitches. I didn't realize it was so common!
posted by interrobang 09 May | 12:39
I have one! I was five. My parents were discarding a mattress and set it on the front porch, pending pickup. They expressly told me not to jump on the mattress. At the earliest opportunity I climbed on the porch rail and jumped on the mattress. And missed. And slashed my head open with a combination of wrought iron porch rail and concrete footing.

I'll always remember this, because they gave me a head X-ray. The doctor asked "Do you want to see a picture of your skull?" And my inner response: nnnnnnnoooooooooo the horrrrrrror...
posted by Miko 09 May | 12:44
Yeah, I'd chalk it up to kids falling/running into things, most of the time.

(Despite falling down a flight of stairs when I was two and having a very active-slash-destructive childhood, I have no such scar.)
posted by me3dia 09 May | 12:44
LOL @ cobra!
posted by chewatadistance 09 May | 12:45
I call it my "Bad Seed" scar.

*snorts unbecomingly*

Rhoda just wanted your spelling bee medal. Is that so much to ask?
posted by Elsa 09 May | 13:57
:) Those little half-moon marks on his hands!
posted by crush-onastick 09 May | 14:13
'Cuz I punch 'em inna face.

(My mother has one because she got her glasses smashed as a kid; my girlfriend has one because she smacked her face on a table, I think).
posted by klangklangston 09 May | 14:38
My ex-husband had the best toddler facial scar story, related to his mother making rum cookies when he was 4 and giving him a droplet of rum from an eydropper every time she reached the cookie at the end of each row. But it wasn't next to his eye, it was on his forehead.
posted by matildaben 09 May | 15:07
In my case, forceps scars from birth.
posted by mischief 09 May | 20:13
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