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Mac Mickey Pointer Cursor

I just found out why the mouse cursor is slightly tilted*, and asked myself why the pointer cursor is a little Mickey hand. Do you guys know why is it like this and who invented it?

Related Question: Why is the mouse cursor slightly tilted and not straight?

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Mickey hand? Your mouse cursor has only four fingers? – A.L Feb 19 '14 at 13:32
    
lol I think it's only on Mac. – Gui Okazaki Feb 19 '14 at 13:42
    
It is not a Mac-only thing. – Bart Gijssens Feb 19 '14 at 13:53
    
I think the original question is more focused on why it's a "Mickey Mouse" hand and not just a hand icon. Do a Google image search for Mickey Mouse hand. You'll see it was mostly drawn with the 3 lines as well. – wootcat Feb 19 '14 at 19:44
    
The original question did not state anything about the mickey mouse hand. – Bart Gijssens Feb 20 '14 at 8:03

According to this article in wikipedia it was first used in HyperCard

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As to why it is used... well, why not? What could be more natural than the index finger to point at something?

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Ah Hypercard, that gives me a fuzzy warm feeling! Could have sworn it was used elsewhere than Hypercard, maybe not though, will have to dig out some old Mac stuff and check Resource files! – bateman_ap Feb 19 '14 at 13:53
    
That's not the same cursor though. The HC cursor (minus its shadow) is what browsers (even the early IE for Mac) used for links. When Apple added a system-provided cursor (with OS 7.6's Appearance Manager) it was like this, I think. Though an earlier version might have even been the classic "counting hand" cursor like Installer used it. – uliwitness Oct 26 '14 at 2:05

I'm guessing here, but one advantage of the white glove, with the three lines to indicate that it is a glove, is that it doesn't prefer one skin color over another. This way, users of all types of skin colors wouldn't be immediately off put by, say, a caucasian ungloved hand.

Also, in the early 90s, the computer companies had to make home computing easy - that is, something a complete novice would not be afraid of spending $5000 on. Using a gloved hand was another way of making it seem like a butler or assistant was doing the work for you. Kinda like how Ask Jeeves worked. Or At Ease - if you can even remember that far back, lol.

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I don't think there's any evidence for the 'skin tone' argument at all. – Midas Mar 21 at 7:36

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