Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Humor | Posted on 12-11-2015

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My 16-year-old son has mastered the serious pose. The other day, he tried to teach me how to take a serious selfie.

I tried. I looked straight into the camera with a wistful look.

Then I started cracking up.

I simply couldn’t not smile. I’m a smiler. I mean, I have a smiley face sticker on my car.

I read an interesting article stated that “by the 17th century in Europe, it was a well-established fact that the only people who smiled broadly, in life and in art, were the poor, the lewd, the drunk, the innocent, and the entertainment.”


I was curious about why people didn’t smile in old-fashioned photos. Just Google American family 1900 photos. And you’ll see what I mean.

Was it because of poor dental hygiene? Was it because the person had to be still for so long to have a photograph taken?

One article indicated that the primary reason was that people didn’t want to be immortalized for all of history with a goofy grin on their faces.

Yep, that’s me. The goofy grinner.

Mark Twain once said, “A photograph is a most important document, and there is nothing more damning to go down to posterity than a silly, foolish smile caught and fixed forever.”

My digital photo history is screwed! 🙂

He tried to teach me how to take a serious selfie. I tried. I couldn't. I'm a smiler.

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