You 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."