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Driver’s License: No Smiling!

October 6, 2012

Driver's License: No Smiling!

“In January, New Jersey launched new face-recognition software that forbids license applicants from smiling widely or making other exaggerated facial expressions that might confuse the computer.”

“Pennsylvania and Delaware use the software, too. But ‘smile/no-smile is not a problem,’ said Jan McKnight, a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation spokeswoman. ‘You can smile in Pennsylvania.'”

— “Why you can’t smile for your N.J. driver’s license,” Dana DiFillippo, Philadelphia Daily News


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Image (“Mona Lisa’s Drivers’ License”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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The National Food

June 13, 2011

The National Food

With wieners in the news, Felisa Rogers takes the opportunity to examine the history of America’s iconic national sandwich, the frankfurter or tube steak:

“How the hot dog became the most American food,” Felisa Rogers, Salon