Saturday, 24 March 2012

Women who age 30 years in five seconds

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The phenomenon is a less extreme, but still chilling, version of what happened to Ursula Andress at the end of the old movie She (...who most be obeyed...)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjka34_l6QA

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What has happened is that hair dying technology is now able to take a 60 year old woman's hair, and make it look almost identical to that of a 30 year old woman - so that from a few yards away and if you are not paying much attention, from behind an old woman may look like a young women.

But when she turns around, a visceral shock is experienced on observing the ancient face framed by the young hair as if the woman has aged thirty years in five seconds.

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A similar phenomenon can be seen with plastic surgery, which can take about 15 years off a face, but the hands show the real age.

When 'the gloves come off' there is another instant-ageing She-shock from the contrast between a smooth, shiny, wide-eyed face and the hands of a crone.

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The irony is that those who are the most concerned by their own appearance, are utterly blind to the actual effect of their appearance on others - like those vain men who hate being bald but react by wearing an obvious wig, or ludicrous 'comb-over' hairstyle.

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5 comments:

  1. I liked the joke I saw from a GP: "Statins put 15 years onto your life i.e. they make you feel 15 years older."

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  2. The Continental Op24 March 2012 at 18:24

    Ray Bradbury's "Something Wicked This Way Comes" comes to mind. For those of you who haven't read it, it's a fantasy/horror story, a main thread is about young people wanting to be older and older people wanting to be younger, and people wanting to live forever

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  3. My wife is a wonder!
    At sixty-nine, her hair is long and golden.
    She has never used hair colour.
    I saw a young black guy, one day, notice her, from behind, and sidle up to her, all smiles and bravado.
    I will never forget the incredulous shock and disorientation, when he realized she was probably forty-five years his senior :)

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  4. I was discussing with a friend the friend the tendency of women (particularly American women from the Northeast and Midwest) to cut their hair in a short and somewhat masculine manner once they reach a certain age. I had a theory that this was a defense againt the shocked and repulsed looks from younger men who had mistaken them for young women.

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  5. Seems implausible to me - just letting yourself naturally go grey would achieve the same effect. Yet all women dye/ bleach (etc) their hair now, from their late teens.

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