Do you hear the ice cracking?

14 04 2013

Only because it’s a brave soul who could even contemplate using the phrase “average woman”.

I found this page via Twitter. It reminded me of a similar project many years ago – limited to the UK. In that version, there were male and female students used as the subjects. Each participant was “pure” English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish. “Pure” being defined as both parents and all 4 grandparents being born within the country.

By over-laying the images, similarities are reinforced, differences are blurred away. The experiment gives a somewhat blurred “average” face, but it’s distinct enough to recognise as “type”. For such a small, densely populated little group of islands, the UK’s regional genetic purity was astounding. When you think of the modern ease of movement, it’s amazing how distinct the regional variations have remained.

Here’s the more extensive, more global project.

The average woman from each country… – The Meta Picture.




2 responses

15 04 2013

Very interesting. And also I’ve just learned that Rumanian is an alternative spelling of Romanian. How about that.

15 04 2013
Quieter Elephant

I remember from school that the Romans created Romania, so I’ve only ever spelt it that way. But you’re right – Rumania and even Roumania for the less-decided are old French-derived alternatives used in English speaking places, though technically dropped since WWII.

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