Do you know any identical twins? I don’t know that I do, but I would imagine it could be rather disconcerting if you thought you were dating one girl/guy and it actually turned out to be their sibling! Or, if you were telling a confidential story to someone who you thought was your friend, only to find out that it wasn’t your friend, but their identical twin that you don’t know from Adam/Eve.
When you think about the variety in human faces, it is really astounding. High forehead, low forehead. Big nose, small nose, hooked nose, thin or wide nose. Varying skin colors and complexions. Wrinkles, smooth, plump lips (here’s to Angelina!) or small lips.
How many people do you think you’ve known in your life? Believe it or not, there are people who try to study or estimate such things. There’s even a number, called Dunbar’s Number, that suggests that the most stable relationships one person can maintain is 150. It is estimated that most Americans know about 600 people. I suppose it could be interesting to see what the average number of “friends” is on Facebook, but that wouldn’t be conclusive because not all my friends have or use Facebook. Ask.com says: “The average person will physically meet anywhere between 10,000 and 200,000 people in their lifetime. This number is dependent on a number of factors, including geographic location, profession and culture. A person living in a rural town may go several days without encountering a new face, while a city dweller may meet several new people in a day.”
That’s probably as close as we’ll get to answering my question posed earlier. But here’s my point: of the 10,000 – 200,000 people that I will know/meet in my lifetime, no two of them have the same face. They are all different – all unique. In fact, when I look in the mirror, I think that I can detect differences in my face and the one staring back at me!!!! (Probably just my bad vision and bad memory playing games on me!)
At a wedding this past Saturday night, there were numerous interesting “heads” and “faces” at the winery where the celebration took place. I got there early and had my camera, so I took a bunch of pictures which you’ll probably see here one of these days, but today’s picture had a bunch of faces in it….and they are all different. That’s what made me ponder the question. Now, aren’t you glad I went to that wedding and thought about this????
The faces were “hanging” on the outside, wooden wall of a building at about a 45 degree angle to the sun, which made the ever more interesting, I think. Mysterious….dark….shadowy figures awaiting the unsuspecting passers-by! Beware!
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1918, a combined Arab and British force captures Damascus from the Turks during WWI, completing the liberation of Arabia. An instrumental commander in the Allied campaign was T.E. Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia.
Lawrence, an Oxford-educated Arabist born in Tremadoc, Wales, began working for the British army as an intelligence officer in Egypt in 1914. He spent more than a year in Cairo, processing intelligence information. In 1916, he accompanied a British diplomat to Arabia, where Hussein ibn Ali, the emir of Mecca, had proclaimed a revolt against Turkish rule. Lawrence convinced his superiors to aid Hussein’s rebellion, and he was sent to join the Arabian army of Hussein’s son Faisal as a liaison officer.
Under Lawrence’s guidance, the Arabians launched an effective guerrilla war against the Turkish lines. He proved a gifted military strategist and was greatly admired by the Bedouin people of Arabia. In July 1917, Arabian forces captured Aqaba near the Sinai and joined the British march on Jerusalem. Lawrence was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel. In November, he was captured by the Turks while reconnoitering behind enemy lines in Arab dress and was tortured and sexually abused before escaping. He rejoined his army, which slowly worked its way north to Damascus. The Syrian capital fell on October 1, 1918.
Arabia was liberated, but Lawrence’s hope that the peninsula would be united as a single nation was dashed when Arabian factionalism came to the fore after Damascus. Lawrence, exhausted and disillusioned, left for England. Feeling that Britain had exacerbated the rivalries between the Arabian groups, he appeared before King George V and politely refused the medals offered to him.
After the war, he lobbied hard for independence for Arab countries and appeared at the Paris peace conference in Arab robes. He later wrote a monumental war memoir, The Seven Pillars of Wisdom, and enlisted in the Royal Air Force (RAF) under an assumed name to escape his fame and acquire material for a new book. Discharged from the RAF in 1935, he was fatally injured in a motorcycle accident a few months later.
TRIVIA FOR TODAY: the color combination with the strongest visual impact is black on yellow. Next to follow black on white, yellow on black, white on black, dark blue on white, and white on dark blue. (Humm….black on yellow, eh? Is that why a blonde always looks so good in a black dress?)