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Disconcerting Santa

Do you know why this Santa is disconcerting? Because he has teeth. You may not have registered it consciously, but Coca Cola Santa is as toothless as a chicken.

I guess the expectation was that old men would naturally be edentulous, but you’d think those sorry-ass elves could have made him a pair of George Washingtons or something.


Comment from Brother Cavil
Time: December 27, 2018, 10:34 pm

Of course Coca-Cola Santa is toothless, have you seen what 120 years of drinking Coca-Cola does to your teeth?

Comment from AliceH
Time: December 27, 2018, 11:58 pm

I do not like this toothy Santa. In addition to that weird smile, he’s about double the width/depth of most jolly old St. Nicks. Alan Hale,Jr’s head on Orson Welles’ body.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: December 27, 2018, 11:59 pm

Yes, definitely disconcerting.

It’s interesting that when apes bare their teeth, it is always a display of aggression, but when humans bare their teeth, you need context to know whether it is aggression, discomfort, insincerity, pleasure, or mirth.

And even with context, we don’t always get it right.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: December 28, 2018, 8:19 am

Something I’ve noticed as I’ve got older is that photographs used in advertising and the press often show people with their mouths open, fangs on full display.

This doesn’t seem to have been anything like as common in the past. It runs alongside the gleaming white gnashers favoured by TV, film, pop stars and other cultural icons.

Personally, I find the sight of so much shiny enamel rather uncouth but I suppose that’s just due to my age,

I suspect American cosmetic dentistry is the cause of this. In the past even movie stars kept their traps shut.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: December 28, 2018, 1:08 pm

What will they say in the future about “SoyBoyFace”?

Comment from BJM
Time: December 28, 2018, 6:56 pm

I’m with Uncle B on the overly white teeth and what’s with all the open mouth smiling? I guess we’re dinosaurs…but it’s unseemly, fake and often down right scary.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: December 28, 2018, 7:30 pm

@Uncle Badger – As the hoi polloi becomes more slack-jawed, they identify more easily with slack-jawed models and actors.

Or maybe it’s the other way around, and there’s a vast conspiracy to make the hoi polloi more slack-jawed. The present state of public “education” tends to support that view.

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