The internet has been around for a while. You would think there would be nothing left out there to astonish, shock or amaze me. But you would be wrong in that thinking. I recently read a story, as I'm sure you did also, that now, Clara Mosokowitz of LiveScience.com, has determined your marriage will be successful if you smiled in your yearbook photos. WHAT? WHAT? If I smiled in my school photos, my marriage will be successful and less likely to end in divorce? WHAT? You have got to be kidding me. Do these people have NOTHING better to do than to search through school yearbooks that have been thrown into the recycling bin and create bizarre stories with statistics? How did they even come up with an idea like that? Oh, look, there's Matilda, she didn't smile in any of her school photos. She will be unsuccessful in her marriage endeavors with Leonard, George, Frank and Tom. Does it matter that Matilda didn't smile because she had just lost a tooth, got braces or heaven forbid, some mean little child told her she had bad breath or an ugly smile? Those things affect whether or not we smile that day. She could have just returned from having a root canal and didn't fill much like smiling because when she opened her mouth she drooled from lip numbness caused by the excessive use of Novocain. Maybe Matilda had a chipped tooth and her parents didn't have the money to have it repaired, so she never smiled in her school photos. AND, more importantly, what if Leonard, George, Frank and Tom all smiled in their school photos? What does that say for them if they marry Matilda -- the have a 50/50 chance of marriage failure? What their study determined was "overall, the results indicate that people who frown in photos are five times more likely to get a divorce than people who smile." What utter and complete foolishness and nonsense! Where is the love, people? The sad thing is that you can no longer say, "smile, you're on Candid Camera", you have to say, "smile, or your marriage ain't gonna last"!
I'm just sayin',
85% of you smiled in your school photos.....for those 15% who didn't, might I suggest marriage counseling?