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Keeping up Appearances (Passport Ramblings)

Have you ever thought about the mane on a lion? Well, male lions are easy to recognize because of their distinctive manes. Field biologists have concluded that the only reason that a lion has a mane… is to appeal to the female lion.

Apparently to the lioness, the mane represents sturdy genes and a very healthy constitution for a male to live long enough to grow a substantial mane.  So, even to lions, appearances do matter!

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That brings me to appearances on passport photos. They matter too. As of November 1, 2016, the State Department will not accept passport photos if you are wearing glasses. That’s right… no glasses; even if you normally wear glasses.

Last year, more than 200,000 passport applicants submitted poor-quality photos that could not be accepted. “The No. 1 problem was glasses,’’ the State Department said in a news release. “We had to put their passports on hold because we couldn’t clearly identify them from their photo.’

The following are other passport photo regulations:

  • You must submit a photo taken within the last six months.
  • Photos must be high-resolution. They cannot be blurry or grainy.
  • Photos must show your true skin color. They cannot be over- or under-exposed or have shadows on your face. (apparently,you are not allowed to look like a Cheetos snack)
  • Selfies are not recommended. Photos taken too close or too far away will be rejected.
  • Photos must be 2 by 2 inches.

So, appearances do matter. Especially when it comes to your passport photo…or if you are a lion.

And for pic o’ day, see how a smile can change your entire image:

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