Today's Wonder of the World is..."Say Cheese!" And Why We Say It!
And no, we don't say it because the photographer tells us to, and she looks like this.
Shoot. Now I'm going to have nightmares.
Hey, wait a sec. Before we go on, go back to that first pic.
It was done by Dadadreams, a very fun site HERE that I visit often. Dadadreams is a wonder at cool collage work. Go check her out. But before you do, let's get back to the point of this post.
Back to SAY CHEESE!
If we didn't say cheese, we might look like this.
I'm glad people smile in pictures now.
Unless they've just started French school and have no idea what is happening to them.
What a somber group of enfants! Most of those kids are French, and they're not smiling either! My Sam is in the middle, the suspicious one.
There were no smiley American teachers hopping around, making silly faces. Just a business-like French person, maybe saying Ouistiti.
Ouistiti is what the French say instead of Say Cheese! You pronounce it weese-tea-tea.
Ouistiti means Marmoset.
Like this little guy.
Would you smile if someone told you to say Marmoset?
Maybe. If monkeys don't freak you out.
You might also smile if you knew that Ouistiti is actually the sound a flirty marmoset makes when trying to attract another lovelorn marmoset for some marmoset love. How about the French, naming the marmoset after its mating call!
Actually that's not so surprising.
That brings us to the point of this post (sort of, if it has to have a point.)
We say cheese because the word cheese makes our mouths form a smile at the end. Like this.
That's how Sam looked when he wasn't starting French school. And when he didn't need a haircut.
We could just as well say breeze or whiskey to make people smile.
You sweaty whiskey lovers out there are smiling, aren't you?
(Oh dear. Now my blog will pop up whenever someone googles sweaty whiskey lover. Oops. If you're looking for sweaty whiskey love, you're in the wrong place. Sorry.)
Ouistiti does the same thing. It makes French mouths form a sourire!
So what do other non-English speaking photographers say to make people smile?
Eggplant! If you're in China. (And go HERE to see where the eggplants come from! A magical etsy shop full of treasures!)
"Look at the little bird" in Brazil. That sounds familiar. Kind of like watch the birdie! Except the photo subject says it, not the photographer!
And in Denmark...
And my favorite is what you say in Korea.
Oh the wonders of cabbage and white radish, fermented in a brine of ginger, garlic, and chili pepper.
But have you ever smelled kim chi?
It doesn't make me smile. It makes me go
Not a good way to end a post about tricking people into smiling.
Here, have a smiley photo of Tanner the Slobber Dog!
You don't even have to say Ouistiti!
Have a Wonder-full Monday, y'all!
And thanks to these flickr friends for making their photos public: Dadadreams, spurmarks, Carlos MF, floridapfe, purple moon fibers, West County Camera (away), andy 57, disneymike, sosarem.