Tuesday, May 23, 2006


Forensic anthropologist Dr. Bill Bass once told me that the mouths of human beings are evolving. Because of all the processed food in our diet, our mouths, teeth and jaws have less work to do than the mouths of our ancestors. With less to do, we don't need as many teeth. When I told Dr. Bass that my daughter and I were missing our lateral incisors, he said that we are evolutionarily advanced.

Radio personality Marc Anthony is a big fan of the show "Lost." He noticed that Dominic Monaghan (Charlie) is missing the same teeth as me and suggested it would make a good blog topic. During last week's episode, Charlie flashed a grin that proved Marc right.

Tomorrow's season finale of "Lost" overlaps with the "American Idol" season finale. "Idol" also tried to get in on missing lateral incisor mania with Elliott Yamin, the smokin' hit machine, but America voted him off. Fortunately my smile resembles Dominic's more than Elliott's.

While we're on the topic of season finales, wasn't last night's episode of "24" terrific? Everyone I spoke to about it agrees that Jean Smart deserves an Emmy just for the smirk on her face as Gregory Itzin realizes what has happened. I think Itzin also deserves an Emmy for his work on any of the episodes since we realized he was on the dark side.
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Anonymous Pam Mc said...

Well Frank, I think you and Dominic Monaghan have cute smiles.....Elliott on the other hand...bless his heart. All Hail Evolution!! :)

Anonymous Julie said...

So does the sickly-small appearance of my pinky toes mean I'm evolutionarily advanced as well? And what of people with, like, extra teeth? More closely related to Neanderthalensis?
Curiouser and curiouser. Glad to find your blog.

Blogger Polly said...

Elliot's fangoria looks just scary... But honestly, by just glancing at the pics I would have guessed you were all thumb suckers. It looks like your upper front gum is more pointed and narrow.
I have to run now and inspect my kids teeth;)


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