Here's where it gets interesting; I don't mean erase them from an object, I mean from your fingers directly. Some people claim there is a way to do it, some people claim it's impossible.
I have a friend (no, really, she exists, I swear) who is attempting to write a novel, and for once, someone turned to a skeptic in an attempt to get the science right.
She's been apparently scouring sites like this in an attempt to find a plausible method, presumably because there aren't many places to go for hard facts on this topic.
Of course, there's very little (I couldn't find any) scientific study published on this topic, and many proposed solutions to the problem seem to be quite painful, bloody, and ultimately futile.
It's also probably safe to assume the people offering advice via message boards on this particular topic are at best speculating, haven't actually had any practical or relevent experience, and are most likely basing claims on exaggerated or fictional accounts rather than demonstrable evidence.(Interestingly, I kept running across stories involving John Dillinger attempting this which may or may not be true). However, without the data, there's obviously no way for me to say for sure.
Even though none of them sound like advice I would be willing to take, nor do they come from credible sources, some suggestions so far have been...
- Cut them off - (not your fingers, just your fingerprints) Apparently this does not work that well, is obviously painful and could possibly make fingerprints more distinctive according to some.
- Using a corrosive substance - Does not seem to yield acceptable results, as much like cutting them off, they will regrow.
- Burning them off - This has received some questionable support, but many seem to think they will grow back.
- Rubbing them off - some claim this smooths them out, and is certainly not as gory but they quickly return to normal.
- Surgical removal - I ran across some unverifiable claims about this method.
- And at least one strange method involving a pineapple which only attempts to alter them, not remove them entirely.
I keep thinking that there's something I'm missing here.
Have any of those methods ever been proven to be successful?
Has anyone ever successfully had his/her fingerprints erased successfully by any method?
Is there a scientifically valid way to do it, even if it's extremely improbable?
Or is this all just spy-movie stuff with no hard science behind it?