American Elephants


Considering the human head. by The Elephant's Child
July 17, 2021, 4:44 pm
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Did you ever give the human head any serious thought? Probably not, yet what an interesting object it is. This roundish thing that tops the human body, millions and millions of them, but no two exactly alike, even those of twins.

Two eyes, a nose and a mouth, varying quantities and color of hair and facial hair. And we have entered a new era of facial hair. Bearded men are now, once again, common. I have no idea why men like beards, beyond not having to shave every day. My father was always clean shaven, but he wouldn’t have gotten any breakfast if he wasn’t. We have had eras when all men had beards, we have photographic evidence, and even earlier, artist’s representations. Obviously in the days before electric razors, bathroom plumbing and mirrors, it was a little more complicated, especially when you had to heat the water on the stove to have warm water. There are more beards now, but still not the majority.

I don’t know if this is a worldwide phenomenon, or if it’s just this country, nor do I have any understanding of national beard customs. I think it is a religious matter in some countries, but I don’t know to what extent. If we start seeing pictures of Congress, and all the men have beards, we will have arrived at a new and different era.

Aside from beards, it is amazing the extent to which each human face is different and recognizable. There’s not a lot of territory on a human face, yet they do not look alike. We don’t get confused and we recognize friends and family instantly. Mostly, you can still tell twins apart immediately, if you know them.


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