As promised, I'm presenting my top ten most popular posts as part of my one thousandth post celebration. Lip Lock was first published on July 17th, 2012. I'm not sure why it's been so popular.
It's #4 on my top ten hits list, and here it is after 1,159 page views:
Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,
I have had many discussions with people, some of them actual friends (I DO TO HAVE FRIENDS), about the reason people in olden golden times didn't smile when they had their pictures taken.
We've always reached the conclusion that it was the custom then. Besides, if you had your photo taken once in your life, or maybe once every twenty years, then it was a serious occasion. You wouldn't be flashing them pearly whites.
Or maybe having your picture taken was frightening. What could possibly come out of that machine? Would the flash blind you for the rest of your life?
And then there are the people who couldn't bring themselves to smile cuz they were mean and grouchy as a result of constipation (my opinion of Milton).
Maybe most of those people didn't smile for the same reason I don't: I hate the way I look when I smile. I don't have gorgeous pearly whites. I'm not that crazy about the way I look from the neck up even with my mouth closed, but I really hate a picture that shows my teeth. I never had the orthodontic work I needed.
In olden golden times, folks probably tended to have rotten teeth, or no teeth, or crooked teeth, or . . . who knows?
But as the years passed, more and more people -- except in England -- saw dentists and orthodontists and had toothbrushes and toothpaste. Crest was invented. And as the years pass, we start to see people smiling in photos.
|Courtney Cox's High School Yearbook Photo
|Halle Berry (now that's a smile)
|It's always been my contention that Princess Diana
was revered in England because she was
the only person with nice teeth. *See note after post, please.
Infinities of love,
Janie Junebug, the insecure one
*Note: People of the U.K., please do not write a million comments telling me how nice your teeth are. I know that dental work has improved in your country. At least a dozen of you have had the braces you needed.
|She's from London.
|She's from Devon.
|Camilla Parker-Bowles' High School Yearbook Picture