questionshow would the world be different if we all had…

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Would these tails be prehensile? Because that makes a difference.

We'd have to redesign a lot of pants and chairs either way, though.

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@rainbowshark: Yes, they would at least be partially prehensile tails. (thanks, Wikipedia!)

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I agree with rainbowshark. Bodybuilding would be different, too, as would gym space requirements (people would need room to work out their tails).

Sitting on a bus might be awkward, too, as you might end up putting your tail in the face of the person behind you.

There would be all sorts of complications associated to tails (prehensile or not).

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Tail salons
Shaved v. natural
Tail dye
Tail toupees?
Tail augmentation surgery

I'm assuming the tails would be hairy. If not, then they'd be like giant rat or possum tails and I think I'd get tail removal surgery.

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I'd always be watching my back.

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It'd give folks something else to play with ...

(Sorry - my mind is in the gutter this morning.)

And it'd give new meaning to "chasing your tail".

(OK, cleaner.)

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You mean you don't have one?

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Do you know what touches the ground when your dog sits? Let's just say that public transportation of all sorts would be all-sorts-of-disgusting. Same goes for park benches

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Conservative types would be scandalized by two people walking down the street with their tails intertwined.

There would be strenght contests based on how long you could hang from a bar by your tail.

Tail flurting.

Potty training children would include instructions on how to keep the tail dry.

Off-color jokes about tail size.

A new Woot catagory for tail grooming supplies.

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I would link it but being at work I don't like to search for obscure things. However, there are images of people with tails.

I would probably get mine removed unless it was big and bushy and beautiful, or if it could hold my beer.

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@90mcg112: Yes, I assume our tails would have a similar amount of hair as our legs. It would probably be pretty tough to shave/wax a tail.
I'm sure there would be a whole new market for body art, apparel, and cosmetics specific to the tail. Tail warmers, tail rings, tail wax, tattoos, piercings, spikes, complete removal, etc.

@capguncowboy: So you don't think we'd wear pants or skirts of any kind? Also, I think we'd still have cheeks to sit on. (unlike doggies) I think dudes would probably wear more kilts.

@adadavis: I pictured this too. Kids playing "tailsie" under the table instead of footsie. Tail envy and the like. Guys:"Dude, your tail is so buff! I wish I had that kind of definition." Girls:"I wish my tail was long and skinny like that girl's."

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@ptucker2: Yeah, I've seen some of those. I haven't been too impressed though. I don't see why we couldn't have longer, more functional tails like monkeys.
I wonder if there is a gene scientists can turn on that allows tail growth...hmmm... If it became the cool thing to do, would you "program" your kid to have a tail?

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Rocking chairs would not be considered items for relaxation, but rather implements of torture.

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1] OSHA would most likely require that we put black and yellow stripes all prehensile tails.

2] Tail enlargement SPAM -- nuff said there.

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We would have evolved with this being part of our normal lives. In the 80's tail warmers would have been fashionable, seating would have been designed so that sitting would be a no-brainer (i.e. hole in the seat for a tail), the tail would be an item to accessorize, and @ohcheri 's outfits would flatter the tail.

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Xbox 360 Kinect would have to recognize tail movements too.
Gamers could play with both hands on the controller/keyboard and still drink their beer or Mtn Dew without having to wait for the match to end. I can see it now... "Try the new Coors Light can now with grooves for enhanced tail gripability!"

Tail moves not allowed in boxing, but UFC and kick boxing would have tail swipes and submission holds based on the tail. Would being tackled by the tail be allowed in football? (ouch) Would use of tail be allowed in soccer? I can't think of any tail-specific sports at the moment, but I'm sure there'd be something.

Would injured/amputated tails be commonplace or would people feel like outcasts and want prosthetic tails. I assume that would fall under elective cosmetic surgery since it wouldn't really be required to get around.
Would fancy restaurants require a "sleeve" for your tail? Would pants without a tail covering be less formal like we view cut off t-shirts?

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Tail cropping (similar to cropping tails or ears on dogs) would be first. Then complete removal at birth. Both would go in and out of fashion. In the end (pun intended), we would revert back to no tail via evolution.

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Ah man...just think of the dance moves one could incorporate a tail into! Like doing the robot...wait...would our robots (in movies or real life) have tails?

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@capguncowboy: My Weim actually uses his stub tail like a tripod (penta-pod?)

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The word "tailjob" would be added to the list of bedroom activities.

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You could watch some episodes of The Littles for research.

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Great question and responses, once again, my Woot Fam has not failed in making me laugh

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I would train my tail to read my children bedtime stories.
If it couldn't talk, I would train it to whip people who annoyed me.
It I couldn't train it to whip people, I'd probably dress it up in Barbie clothes.

I don't know what else would happen to the world besides me possibly slapping others with it or festooning it with the Barbie clothes.

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Can you imagine the rules for office etiquette?
And the tail harassment lawsuits?
Wives telling their husband, "you'd better stop wagging that tail everytime that girl walks by."
All our housewares would be made sturdier to avoid tail spill accidents.

Oh, and the late night infomercials starting off with, "does this happen in your house?" and it shows a big oaf turning around and knocking over table lamps in a staged and cluttered room -- introducing the "Tail Alarm" -- the latest proximity sensor designed discreetly for the tail.

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Toilets. Think about THAT.

How would we overcome the tail-in-toilet problem?

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It would bring a new meaning for "chasing some tail".

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Little blue pills for people with tail deficiencies.

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@wootfast: I've actually met him! Sadly, we didn't talk about having tails. Maybe he hypnotized me too and that's why this question seemingly came from my subconscious... I've been thinking about it all day, having conversations about it, and picturing myself and others with tails while performing the daily routine.

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Mortimer and Monte should weigh in on this.

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Holy Cow!! I shudder to think.... J-Lo and the Kardashians......Let alone the People of Walmart website...