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Friday, December 30, 2005 :::


My friend Brent has talked for years about some TV show he saw on cable one night about how the secret to beauty is a symmetrical face. Seems like a pretty obvious hypothesis, because no one likes a crooked face, but apparently all the great beauties in history have symmetrical faces, where it looks like one side of the face is simply reflecting the other. He claims they documented some experiment with babies and that the babies always preferred the symmetrical faces and that this somehow implies that a human's love for symmetrical beauty is hardwired at birth. Never mind how they manage to judge a baby's preference, lets get down to how this applies to me. The implication seems to be that if your face is symmetrical that you are attractive to other people, therefore if you reflect your face in photoshop, you can test out your level of beauty.

The results are kinda creepy and inconclusive. I'm not terribly asymmetrical, but I ain't so pretty either, no matter how you slice it. I guess babies are just stupid:


Mirrored Left

Mirrored Right

My ears are definitely wonky, though. That's just one more thing to avoid looking at in the mirror.

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What about Mirrored Cracked!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:36 PM  

dude... the bottom one looks weird, it makes you look seriously assymetrical horizontally... symmetry is for losers!!! I love your assymetry

By Anonymous Sarah, at 5:45 PM  

Do you flickr? If so, please post this in the Evil Twins group. If not, what's keeping you? ;-)

By Blogger elkit, at 5:47 PM  

You look like a fag no matter how you try to hide it. Please try to stay sober this New Years. If you can't, which is likely, please don't drive.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:52 PM  

Dear ridiculously annoying anonymous poster,

Obviously you are so jealous of Dan and everything that is Dan you cannot help but continue to post negative comments. I have to applaud Dan for not instituting word verification as to disallow anonymous poster such as you.

I cannot claim to be as accepting as Dan. Where as Dan, and his virtue and patients with even the most contemptuous people should be a lesson to us all on how to be better people, I find your constant crappy comments annoying, pathetic, simple minded and rude. Itís time you find somewhere else to hop on your soapbox and someone else to preach to. In other words, itís time to show you the proverbial door. Please, donít let it smack you on the ass on your way out.


The avid readers of PlanetDan

By Anonymous Please Shut Up, at 7:44 PM  

Actually, you're pretty symetrical. Although asymetry has always been my thing.

Oh, and I cuncure with "please shut up."

By Blogger Colleen, at 7:52 PM  

Oh yeah, except for the ears. You and me gots some weird ear thing going on.

By Blogger Colleen, at 7:53 PM  

Ridiculously Annoying Anonymous Poster so wants some ass sex from a man, he's lashing out now cause his mother made hime feel dirty about it.

It's funny, cause it's true.

By Anonymous "Happy Cause my Overbeaing Mother Didn't Make me Ashamed of My Hunger for Man to Man Ass Sex", at 8:10 PM  

Dan, you queer friends sure take umbrage on your behalf. Stay sober and have a happy new year, you faggot.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:24 PM  

Don't fret, only your right ear is wonky. I think you're cute.

By Blogger Michelle, at 1:37 PM  

Ya know, maybe I'm queer as in strange, odd, eccentric.

I don't even know Dan. Don't know if he's gay (and don't care). Don't know if he drives after he drinks. (I hope he takes a cab or designates a driver).

But the things I DO know about Dan -- that he has an uncommon intelligence, humor and warmth, that his friendships seem so deep and genuine -- bring me back here every day, and make me want to stomp on the fingers of anonymous.

By Blogger darcy, at 5:03 PM  

i love your little asymmetrical self. anonymous, get a life.
i was going to correct please shut up on his spelling of 'patients', but never mind, because i'm not even sure i'm spelling 'asymmetrical' correctly (one s? two ms? dunno)

By Anonymous lola, at 6:47 PM  

I need the preciousssses. I want the precious. Give me back the preciousses!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:08 PM  

Are you saying I look like Gollum???

Oh man, I kinda do. Thanks for pointing that out.

By Blogger dan, at 12:26 PM  

Oh, and Darcy: Thanks, that was nice. But don't worry about Anonymous. Someday he'll turn sixteen and find something more interesting to obsess about. Until then, just let him talk himself to sleep.

By Blogger dan, at 12:29 PM  

I don't think you look like Gollum.

"Wonky" that is my new favorite word.

Post something new already. I'm totally bored.

By Blogger Colleen, at 9:59 PM  

Wow, Darc, Dan said something to you!!!

And I totally agree with what ya said, sis.

I like asymmetry. M&M's are Asymmetrical.

By Anonymous DarcysTwinSisterDaphne-DarcyGotMeReadingThisBlog, at 1:01 AM  

I notice two things looking at your mirrored pics. First, in your reflected right pic, you somehow seem skinnier all of a sudden. I think that's cause you have a neck muscle that's only flexed on one side. That neck muscle, by the way, is a trademark flexedmuscle among hollywood actors. My 11th bio teacher said so. I don't remember much else from 11th grade bio, but I do remember that. Now, the second thing I notice is that your hair is styled different on one side of your head compared to the other. This is nice- makes for two different hairstyles in the relected pics. I prefer reflected left, but that's just me.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:59 PM  

Neat stuff! Thanks for the link to the "100 Things..."

This here site is a pretty fun place to kill some time! Good job!

And elkit is right, 'Why don't you Flickr? (If in fact you don't)


Oh, and as for your "Wax Museum celebrities" collection, the one labeled 'unknown but awesome' (or something to that effect) is (as you might already know, cometothinkofit...) is actually Jim Carrey, but from what movie, I don't know.

Again, cool stuff man! :)

By Anonymous Jonathan, at 10:01 PM  

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