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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!


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:


Batch of Laws

I have been collecting facts and laws to put in a blog or to qualify as part of DID YOU KNOW. As I was scrolling through my ideas for the blog today (that’s code for “what am I going to write?”), I realized that I probably should put together a bunch of the collection. I guess this blog is almost like a quilt. So… here goes:

In New York, it is against the law to shoot at a rabbit from a moving trolley car.

In Idaho, it is against the law for one resident to give another resident a box of candy that weighs more than 50 pounds.

In Kentucky, by law ,citizens must take a bath at least once per year. (Just as a side note, a Harris poll says that 70% of men take a shower daily. Women? 57%. Not sure of the stats in Kentucky)

In Florida, “If an elephant is left tied to a parking meter, the parking fee has to be paid, just as it would for a vehicle”.

In Alabama, “It is legal to drive the wrong way down a one-way street if you have a lantern attached to the front of your automobile”.  However, in St Johns County, lanterns and flashlights are strictly prohibited during turtle season.

And for our pic o’ day… responsibility:


A Bit of This and That

The Lord’s Prayer is 66 words; The Gettysburg Address is 286 words; and there are 1,322 words in the Declaration of Independence. Compare that to government regulations for the sale of cabbage…  26,911 words.

In chess, “Checkmate” comes from the Persian phrase “Shah Mat,” which means “the king is dead”.

Characters Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street were named after “Bert the cop” and “Ernie the taxi driver” from the movie Its A Wonderful Life.

Here is an unusual law as an idea for profit: If you bring a raccoon’s head to the Henniker, New Hampshire town hall meeting, you are entitled to receive $.10 from the town.

Psychology surveys tell us that 98% of U.S. drivers think they drive better than anyone else. Hmm!

Kansas once had a law that declared it illegal to serve ice cream on cherry pie. I am uncertain if that was out of respect for the ice cream or the pie.

And for pic o’ day sent from Amy M….



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