Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Another thing I don't understand

Huge smiles.

I'm not talking grins here, or regular smiles; no, I'm referring to those politician and model smiles, ones in which the people doing the smiling seem to grow extra teeth just for the occasion.  I honestly don't understand how people do that.  Their lips spread and spread, more and more teeth appear, and still they are clearly, if sometimes obviously forcibly, smiling.

When I try to smile like that, I look positively deranged.  My expression changes from its normal neutral state, which many folks have characterized as "I might just kill you," to a positively insane "I'm going to kill you, rip your skin off in one pull, and gnaw on your bloody bones while abusing myself" sort of look.  Unless you're trying to get a seat on a crowded bus or give small children nightmares for weeks, this is not a good face to deploy.  It worries people. 

I clearly missed the necessary lessons, because I don't understand how these people manage such huge smiles. I expect I never will.


old aggie said...

My observation is that these people's smiles wrap *around* their face, whereas mine (and maybe yours) only spreads *across* the front. When I attempt to pull back the corners of my mouth that way, towards my ears, I end up with a grimace, not a smile.
However, considering wrap-around smiles...
Have you ever seen someone whose *eyes* slightly wrap around their head like that? - slightly reminiscent of a lizard. I have an aquaintance with that kind of configuration; a very successful person, not at all herpetological.
Overall, I'd much rather have the grimace smile than lizard eyes.

Mark said...

I have not seen anyone like that in person, but I am familiar with the look. I suppose the grimace may be better, but I wouldn't mind being able to smile more broadly.


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