As we mentioned here, with just a pair of eyeballs, a ruler and a negligent sense of propriety or fear, you can learn a whole mess of intimate details about any person at any given time. But why stop there? Here are five more shockingly personal things you can guess about anyone just by looking at them.
None of these are 100 percent, and you should not use any of them to make unfair assumptions about people. It is only in the name of entertainment that we point out that researchers have found ...
5You Can Tell How Honest Someone Is by Their Cheekbones (Sometimes)
Let's say you've never seen Star Wars. If you saw a picture of this guy, without knowing any of the context, would you say he's a good guy, or a bad guy?
Clearly he has villain written all over his face. But why?
Likewise, in real life sometimes you meet people that you immediately distrust -- something about their faces just makes them look like shady characters. Maybe it's the way he's standing in a dark alley, bedecked in a trench coat with the collar pulled up while pointing a gun at your skull. Or it could just be something about his face you don't like.
It turns out scientists have figured out what that "something" is.
It's Carrot Top, isn't it? It's Carrot Top.
How? Tell Me!
The cheekbones. While male models with chiseled faces might be effective in selling you underwear, in real life guys with wide cheekbones strike people as untrustworthy. And apparently there's a reason: Research shows that on average they're actually less honest. According to experiments, anyway.
Scientists at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland did a study and found that men with wider cheekbones not only cheated more at the game they were assigned to play, but also that when they screwed their fellow players over, those players were more likely to expect it. All they needed was a look at their faces.
"I'm almost certain a pair of twos and a seven doesn't beat a straight flush."
The researchers think it may be because wider cheekbones don't form until puberty and are an indication of how big a man is going to get. Larger men tend to be more aggressive and are less likely to feel like they have to obey society's rules -- it's easier to screw somebody over when you know you can kick his ass if he complains. Even in jobs where aggressiveness is rewarded, like professional sports, researchers found that, "broad-faced ... players spend more time in the penalty box."
Those researchers did not point out that Darth Vader was designed to have exaggerated cheekbones, but seriously, check it out:
And are we crazy, or did they also add them to the Jigsaw puppet from Saw as well:
And is it any wonder Christopher Lee made his career playing villains?
His next role? Governor of Texas.
Please keep in mind, the statistical difference is slight, and this is useful only for understanding why we feel weird about people with that face shape. Please don't immediately stab the next dude you see with wide cheekbones, or assume he's always lying. That probably makes you the bad guy.
Besides, at 7' 1" and 420 lbs., you'll just piss him off.