Experts say that all fingerprints are different, and most normal, sensible people would agree with them .
There are lots of different types of fingerprint patterns,
but they all have one thing in common: your mum will go
ballistic when she finds them on the wallpaper.
The main fingerprint patterns are shown below.
 Well, why not? They're
the experts, for goodness
Modern uses of
grease or ink - fingerprints continue to play a vital role
in ruining soft furnishings, home decorations and plate
Their use has also spread to the field of police detective
work. Many criminals have been successfully identified and
then prosecuted after leaving their prints or 'dabs' behind
at the scene of a crime.
The precise form of the print can give detectives a huge
clue as to the type of criminal they should be looking for.
In perhaps the most surprising story concerning the police
use of fingerprint detection, the very same fingerprint was
seen at 143 different crime scenes over a six month period.
This single fingerprint was run through the police computer
and traced to someone working in the police department
itself! It was then realised that the fingerprint was
actually on the lens of the magnifying glass they were
using. The magnifying glass was subsequently charged with
wasting police time.