People with ugly driver’s license photos, the state of Virginia feels your pain. The Department of Motor Vehicles in Virginia banned smiles—yes, smiles—and ordered all new photo-takers to make a “neutral expression” in their portraits. The DMV would like to develop a facial recognition system to standardize documentation and thwart fraudsters and identity thieves. OK, Big Brother, whatever you say.
Just a cranky DMV clerk barking “No smiling!” isn’t enough, though! The DMV’s software can detect and reject “attempts at exuberance or human warmth,” meaning if you flash some dimples or let your pearly whites crack through your lips, a computer will make you take your picture again.
Even though Virginia is just one of 37 DMV agencies nationwide to use the facial recognition software, Virginian drivers aren’t pleased. Groused one driver, “It makes everyone look like criminals.” [Washington Post]
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You can’t clash with puppets! Sheryl Crow effortlessly blended Elmo, Abby, Grover and other pals for one chic Sesame Street look. [Sesame Street's 7th Annual Benefit Gala, NYC, 5/27/09] Keep reading »
Gillette thinks some men need assistance with not drawing blood while they shave their groin area, so its crack animation team put together this instructional “How to Shave your Balls” YouTube cartoon. The video’s basically just an infomercial for the Gillette Fusion Power razor and shaving cream—but don’t forget to use, as the voiceover dude intones, some common sense, too.
Hey, anything that keeps our teeth from getting flossed when we go down for a beej is A-OK with us. But Gillette knows that to get men to spend money on shaving down there, it has to tell them what they want to hear: “You might say when there’s no underbrush, the tree looks taller.” (It makes the claim not once, but twice.) We’ll believe it when we see it…in the hair-free flesh.
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Why, oh, why don’t we have cable?!?! We missed the first episode of Simon Doonan’s new show, “Beautiful People,” a BBC series that ran for the first time stateside last night on LOGO, the gay and lesbian network. Simon is Barney’s creative director, as well as our favorite style writer (we heart his “Simon Says” column in the New York Observer, plus numerous books), so this is kind of like a nerd missing the midnight showing of “Star Trek.” Keep reading »
Young love! Ah, so romantic. Like any other bride-to-be Kendra Wilkinson, Playboy model and “Girls Next Door” star, is walking on air. And when asked by People magazine how she’s keeping fit for her big day, the 23-year-old extolled the health benefits of good sex! “A lot of it,” her fiancé, Philadelphia Eagles player Hank Baskett, added.
Really, what else would you expect one of Hugh Hefner’s former “girlfriends” to say? But the girl’s got a point. A healthy sex life—from the deed itself to the messy cleanup afterwards—does a body good in all kinds of ways. Keep reading »