Sunday, December 8, 2013
In news of the absurd....
Four U.S. states have passed laws that forbid drivers from smiling while posing for drivers' license photos.
The apparent reasoning is that face recognition software has trouble identifying you in surveyance photos if your reference photo—typically your drivers' license photo—doesn't feature an utterly neutral expression.
The states of paranoia where you're not allowed to smile: Arkansas, Indiana, Nevada and Virginia.
A transportation representative in Pennsylvania notes, however, that "in Pennsylvania, people are allowed to smile."