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I'm not sure I can get proper documentation on this, I've been to this tumblr help center and this discussion on Meta SO about Markdown footnotes, I saw interesting comment from Arjan that Drupal made it possible.

How can I write Markdown footnotes in Tumblr?

I tried <sup>1</sup>, which works on SE sites like so, but it doesn't work on Tumblr.

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Make sure you've got Tumblr set to format your posts with Markdown here. Then, the syntax is:

That's some text with a footnote.[^1]

[^1]: And that's the footnote.

As noted here.

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Nice! It's working! Thanks for giving me the example snippet, Abby –  Arie Jul 27 '11 at 0:36
    
No problem. Happy footnoting! –  Abby T. Miller Jul 27 '11 at 1:05
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