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(BBC-US)   Proving once again that every cloud has a silver lining, UK dentists say the coronavirus could create a new edition of the Big Book of British Smiles   (bbc.com) divider line
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2020-04-01 10:33:27 PM  
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It's a man's life in the British Dental Association.
 
2020-04-01 10:42:06 PM  
British 12 year olds now have healthier mouths than American 12 year olds.

It's not 1947 anymore in the UK, France or the rest of Europe.

And Americans have been getting shorter also. Around 1800-1815, the Dutch were on average about 5 foot and a bit, typical European peasant heigth in Medieval and Early modern times.  Americans were several inches taller and lean and lanky, like Uncle Sam or Abraham Lincoln.

But in the XXth century and still more today, Americans average about 5 foot nine or ten, and the Dutch are giants by comparison. So are more and more Europeans. Diet, health care and other factors (including immigration to some extent) have made Americans less than unusual, while most of the world population continues to grow with national incomes (median) not average (billionaires included).

This shows the importance of keeping your facts up to date as Hans Rosling preaches to global health care and development people, who are even worse at facts than chimpanzees that pick between three bananas at random. Factfulness. It's a new way of seeing the world and our place in it.
 
2020-04-01 10:44:18 PM  
Well, you can have 'facts' or you can have funny stereotypes.  You choose.

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2020-04-01 10:47:39 PM  
Height, one of my most often misspelled words even when I can see I spelled it wrong.
 
2020-04-01 10:49:44 PM  
You know what is really weird and scary? Those fish with "human" teeth. Pacu, IIRC, a vegetarian relation of the famous piranha. There's an African fish with the same dentation. Creepy. Looks like the tortoise that swallowed Grandpa Simpson's dentures and crawled off smiling like a villain and an idjit because Abe was too slow to catch him.
 
2020-04-01 10:55:36 PM  

brantgoose: You know what is really weird and scary? Those fish with "human" teeth. Pacu, IIRC, a vegetarian relation of the famous piranha. There's an African fish with the same dentation. Creepy. Looks like the tortoise that swallowed Grandpa Simpson's dentures and crawled off smiling like a villain and an idjit because Abe was too slow to catch him.


You mean...
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This one?

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2020-04-01 11:02:28 PM  

brantgoose: Americans were several inches taller and lean and lanky, like Uncle Sam or Abraham Lincoln.


Abe Lincoln was freakishly tall for his time (6'4"), and Uncle Sam was a fictional character.

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Had he been average height for the time, the bullet would have sailed right over his head.
 
2020-04-02 6:37:05 AM  

brantgoose: British 12 year olds now have healthier mouths than American 12 year olds.


And British people do not, by and large, believe that a mouth full of plastic-looking tombstones is either attractive or healthy. I wonder if in America it is a hangover from the early twentieth century when rich people would have all their teeth removed in their twenties and replaced with dentures? Perhaps having false teeth became a sign of wealth and success and having false-looking teeth is the continuance of that?
 
2020-04-02 10:56:33 AM  

orbister: brantgoose: British 12 year olds now have healthier mouths than American 12 year olds.

And British people do not, by and large, believe that a mouth full of plastic-looking tombstones is either attractive or healthy. I wonder if in America it is a hangover from the early twentieth century when rich people would have all their teeth removed in their twenties and replaced with dentures? Perhaps having false teeth became a sign of wealth and success and having false-looking teeth is the continuance of that?


In my case it was the unbearable pain that motivated me to get my 23 crowns. I couldn't eat and I was turning to the oxys for relief, and believe me, I would have rather spent the money elsewhere, since I was well past my sexy prime anyway.

Still got 5 lower front originals that somehow survived the great enamel purge of a few years back. They're butt ugly, but they still work.

I did pick the darkest shade of crown for a natural look, which I don't understand why more people don't.


The other upshot of crowns is the higher likelihood of never needing dentures, which by all accounts are just awful.
 
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