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316842.  Tue Apr 15, 2008 11:42 am Reply with quote

**rips up entire script**

No. Thanks Jenny. Perfect for the notes, should one of the panellists claim that moos are funnier than quacks.

317452.  Wed Apr 16, 2008 6:12 am Reply with quote

On the subject of physiognomy, and how we still believe in it deep down: the string "thin, cruel mouth" gets 223 google hits and "villainous squint" gets 213. "Frank and honest countenance" only gets 8, but I suppose that was pushing it a bit.

Frederick The Monk
317482.  Wed Apr 16, 2008 6:46 am Reply with quote

'Shifty eyes' gets 287,000 hits.

319208.  Fri Apr 18, 2008 7:11 am Reply with quote

To go with “Language of the Fans” and phrenology and so on ...

A 1910 postcard in a series called “The Language of the Eyes” explains that “Dark Brown Eyes (Or Black.)”

Denote, in gentlemen, a determined nature, must have their own way, and impatient at contradiction. Very energetic, and leave nothing undone. They are attentive to lovely women, make splendid husbands.”

The editor notes that this was “One of many ‘Language of’ (flowers, stamps etc) series.”

S: The Postcard Century by Tom Phillips (Thames & Hudson, 2000).

326986.  Tue Apr 29, 2008 7:03 am Reply with quote

The following, from Bunter:

For you, you powerless peasant, don't even have any rights over your own body tissue once it's taken from you. Hence the memorable fact that most lip plumping operations around the world today employ a synthetic collagen developed and patented by a highly profitable Californian group, Inamed Aesthetics, from the cells of a boy born in the early 1990s.

"The young man, as he now is," Dickenson dryly notes, "remains happily unaware that his genital tissue can be found in the lips of women around the world."

The Sunday Times (London); Apr 27, 2008

The net seems to think that most collagen implants come from cows, but nowhere says it authoritatively, and I don't think that's all that important.

This is a bit nasty from The Times (29/01/2005)

A study of a range of aesthetic fillers, which are often made from human or bovine tissue, had already found samples containing material from dead bodies and birds

Anyone got a question?

I think

Which man's genitals have been on the lips of most women

is a bit unsavoury.

327122.  Tue Apr 29, 2008 8:55 am Reply with quote

I agree with that, anyway.

327195.  Tue Apr 29, 2008 10:35 am Reply with quote

Aristotle's judgement of Dara O'Briain:

He who has a full large forehead, and a little round withal, destitute of hair, or at least that has little on it, is bold, malicious, high spirited, full of choler, and apt to transgress beyond bounds, and yet of a good wit, and very apprehensive.

Those eye-brows that are much arched, whether in man or woman, and which by frequent motion elevate themselves, show the person to be proud, high-spirited, vain-glorious, bold and threatening; a lover of beauty, and indifferently inclined to either good or evil.

A nose very sharp on the top of it, and neither too long nor too short, too thick nor too thin, denotes the person, if a man, to be of a fretful disposition, always pining and peevish

To have lips well coloured and more thin than thick, shows a person to be good humoured in all things, and more easily to be persuaded to good than evil.

327210.  Tue Apr 29, 2008 10:45 am Reply with quote

Aristotle's judgement of Phill Jupitus:

He whose hair groweth thick on his temples and his brow, one may at the first sight certainly conclude that such a man is by nature simple, vain, luxurious, lustful, credulous, clownish in his speech and conversation, and dull in his apprehension.

A nose big at the end shows a person to be of peaceable disposition, industrious and faithful, and of a good understanding.

A double chin shows a peaceable disposition, but dull of apprehension, vain, credulous, a great supplanter, and secret in all his actions.

small and thin ears show a person to be of good wit, grave, secret, thrifty, modest, resolute, of a good memory, and one willing to serve his friend.

327217.  Tue Apr 29, 2008 10:49 am Reply with quote

Those are fabulous!

327237.  Tue Apr 29, 2008 11:02 am Reply with quote

Aristotle's judgement of Jo Brand:

[One whose] hair is of reddish complexion, is for the most part, if not always, proud, deceitful, detracting, venerous, and full of envy.

A great and wide mouth shows a [person] to be bold, warlike, shameless, and stout, a great liar, and as great a talker, and also a great eater

A very fleshy face shows the person to be of a fearful disposition, but a merry heart, and withal bountiful and discreet, easy to be entreated, and apt to believe every thing.

327286.  Tue Apr 29, 2008 12:18 pm Reply with quote

Not sure if this is at all useful or relevant but thought it was a fun story on faces and stereotyping in physiognomy.

Early on in the Nazi occupation of Prague, Rudolf Heydrich was taking some high-ranking officials on a tour of the city. On coming accross the State Opera House, Heydrich ordered that the statue of Felix Mendelsohn residing on the roof among other famed composers be pulled down due to Nazi views on Jews and the arts. Once Heydrich had left, some workers set to the task and mounted the roof only to find that they could not identify Mendelsohn's statue. As such they reasoned that the Jewish figure must be the one with the biggest nose and so inadvertently pulled down the statue of Richard Wagner.

I can't find any concrete original sources for this though I heard it in a history lecture at Oxford and it has also been cited in a travel article in the Guardian.

327313.  Tue Apr 29, 2008 12:53 pm Reply with quote

Nice, Arron, and just the kind of thing that Stephen likes to have in the notes.

And Egg - simply excellent. I suppose you'll do one for Alan? Picture researchers, we may need some mugshots like the ones above.

We're evidently using a medieval translation of Aristotle, which is good. Gives it a nice cranky feel, I think.

336895.  Thu May 15, 2008 6:50 am Reply with quote

Another strange delusion is somatoparaphrenia. A sufferer believes that a limb or one side of their body actually belongs to someone else.

Strangely enough, it is treated by squirting cold water into the patient's ear?!

341994.  Thu May 22, 2008 10:57 am Reply with quote

Things I read a week or two too late, number 4.

People such as air hostesses that give forced smiles all day are at risk of stress, depression and heart problems.

Zapf recommends that "professional smilers" take regular breaks to relax, rid themselves of aggression and recuperate from the effort of smiling.

Presumably on their breaks they should be scowling and being general grumps.,1518,553186,00.html

342848.  Fri May 23, 2008 8:14 am Reply with quote

That seems rather at odds with Flash's nugget in post 290401 that "people experienced the emotion associated with their expressions."

Perhaps the stewards/esses need to clench a pencil between their teeth.


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