Firstly I have to say that the phenomenon of third nipples is rather new to me. I had no idea that one in eighteen people is swanning around with extra nipples (some as many as 8!). Usually they occur along the "milk lines" of the body, with the most popular site being the armpit.
Sometimes called The Witches' mark, Devil's Mark, or Witches' teat, back in the Middle Ages, supernumerary nipples were considered a sign of a witch. It was a seal of the Devil, given to witches upon initiation. This mark could be a scar, a mole, a birthmark, or superfluous nipple.
Nowadays, people are more accepting of this simple anomaly. As well as Lily Allen, there is a long list of other celebrities who reportedly have additional nipplage according the Superfluous Nipple (most have photographic evidence but others are a little less clear):
- Mark Wahberg (has three)
- Tilda Swinton (has three)
- Bill Paxton (has three)
- Tony Parker (Basketballer. He has apparently got 6)
- Carrie Underwood (American Idol. Had three although she has had her's removed)
- Zac Efron (who has 2 extras below his regular two)
- Masuimi Max ('model' has four)
- Brian Jones (Rolling Stone apparently has one on his thigh. An unusual place but apparently not out of the question. There is a photo on the blog site of a person with a nipple on the bottom of their foot. I kid you not.)
There are society's dedicated to people with Third Nipples, and Facebook groups dedicated to those with superfluous nipples such as Triple Nipple and The Triple Nipple Group.
It almost makes me feel like I am missing out by only two.
Do you know anyone with a third nipple?