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Smiling In A Portrait In The Olden Days Meant You Were A Drunken Slut

You might have noticed that rarely anyone is smiling in old-timey photographs and paintings. I’ve always chalked it up to the fact that there was no running water back then. I’d look pretty dour too if I had to bathe in a bucket. Well, it turns out that, up until the 20th century, smiling in… More »


This “Bitch Face” Graphic Is The Story Of My Life

After that mild controversy we stirred up over strangers telling us to smile, this graphic, from illustrator Kris Atomic perfectly illuminates my feelings on the subject. If you feel like this applies to you, Ms. Atomic even offers this illustration as a poster – one which could be easily stapled to your forehead, or worn… More »


The Most Insane Moment On This Morning’s “Today Show”: Kathie Lee Teaches Kristen Stewart How To Smile

Once upon a time, the highest paid actor or actress in Hollywood was someone who had a bit more gravitas than “Twilight.” But Kristen Stewart has topped Forbes magazine’s list of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood, cashing in with $34.5 million in the past year.

This doesn’t sit well with Kathie Lee… More »


10 Animals Laughing At Your Jokes

Humans aren’t the only ones who enjoy a good guffaw from time to time. Creatures from the Animal Kingdom are equally prone to a giggle fit under the right circumstances, and we’ve found 10 photos that prove that laughter is the best medicine — no matter your species of origin. Click through for proof.
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At Least You Don’t Have Moebius Syndrome

Don’t tell Hayley to turn her frown upside down. She’s not trying to be a Debbie Downer, she is just incapable of smiling or moving her face at all for that matter. The 14-year-old suffers from a rare genetic disorder called Moebius Syndrome. People with this disorder are born missing vital nerves and sometimes limbs. More »


5 Good Reasons To Crack A Smile

How many times a day do you smile? Chances are it might not be enough. Smiling can change your mood, making you feel happy even when you didn’t think you could. Think about it — people are always busy, whether they’re late to work, shopping around, or running errands. We often forget how easy it… More »


Virginia Is For Frowners

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,… More »


Quick Pic: Why So Grumpy Lindsay Lohan & Sam Ronson?

You know what we hate? When you’re walking down the street and some idiot dude says to you, “Smile, sweetheart!”, like you’re supposed to just walk around with a mindless grin on your face. So, yeah, own that frown, ladies! [New York City, 7/22/08] … More »


Quick Pic: The Many Faces Of Tyra Banks

For the record, Tyra is giving: the catalog smile, the commercial smile, and the smile without the eyes. [New York Times Magazine, 6/1/08 edition] … More »