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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

All Ye with Ears. Hear. Ear marks and Ear Ye, Ear Ye. Ear Analysis, Origin of Earmarks, or Quackery. Spock Ears, Ear Bumps, Lobes and Other Earie Aerie Eeries.

Update:  This began as a mild interest in the little pointy protuberance on one side or the other as to news talkers on the telly; and among friends.  What did that little antenna, or signal mean?  No answers on that, but ears newly in the news for the importance of shape and what is heard from above and below:  "The shape of your ears affects what you hear"  -- see NYT 

We used to be limited to speculations of phrenology, digit ratio, face-reading. Now, expand the observations and await expert opinions:

    •  Of the approximately 7,000 warriors made of terracotta in China, Mausoleum of the first Qin emperor, apparently no two sets of ears are alike.  
    • The conclusion so far is that each warrior is part of a real army.  How many still to check?  13,000 ears.  For them to check.

  • Otioplasty:  Pointy ears. 
    • Update on otioplasty, and cosmetically pointy ears:  we note with regret the death of Leonard Nimoy, and with gratitude, his life that offered thought and entertainment.  Hear ye.
 Past updates:  Ear-reading Update 4/6/2012.  Earily, the topic persists.  Here, a crease in the lobe and heart issues, see

Earlier update, a fashionista approach.  Surgery to achieve the Star Trak Pointy.  April 7, 2011 ABC News.  Surgery for Elfin Ears Newest Trend. Oh? Not newest trend at all.  Been around a long time.  Surgery for the pointies?
What do natural pointy ears say about the holder. 

1.  Background of ears as identifiers. The term apparently originated in 1591 with herdsmen-farmers notching their animals' ears tor identification.  See http:/  

It was later, in the 19th Century, that earmarking came to mean "designate."  In Congress, earmarks used to be commonplace -- attach your notch to other legislation, and if the odd thing is to pass, people had to take the earmark with it.  That has changed somewhat, but if financial earmarks are on the way out (this is a lookback), the technique remains.  What else can be added by earmark to something else, and rammed through?

2.  Here, we note ear shape characteristics and cultural ways of deducing character from ear "marks" and shapes. Bunkum or a grain? Fashion in ear shapes, and surgery to attain the ideal?  Spock ears.

I. Why this interest in ears?

Fear first enters through the ears. Hear that cry. That noise. F(ear)ful.  The head whips around to find the source.  They eyes squint, may even be unseeing at this point.


Here looks like an ideal ear:  A Joe Citizen Slovakian, a real unknown since this possessor of The Ear was in line for the tickets for a festival at Bojnice SK. He is probably unrelated to Joe the Plumber whose ears are small but piggy. Joe the Slovakian was present at a festival event with his small son, whose ears were concealed under a hoodie, so excluded here.Fear enters through the eyes (surpr-eyes-ed at first).  But reliance on eyes means you have to be there.  Fear comes through ears without your being in sight; fear enters by way of 24/7 Fear TV, for example.

Then there is fun.  Fun first enters through the ears. Hear that chuckle, are you drawn to find out what's up? And then the eyes - but the drawback of having to be there to see it. Telling a funny joke about an event is not the same as seeing it -- thus the success of YouTube.  You, too, can see it.

Then think of wonder, and interest, all that makes life a kaleidoscope of changing color, perceptions, all that comes in through the senses. So examine the differences among us. Do the shapes of our external ear equipment make a difference in who we are, what we see, how we react. Just asking.

Structure, Appearance:
What Meaning?
When people have one pointy ear, why is it on their right? Is it?  Start looking.
Mian Xiang.  There is a Chinese field of knowledge and observation about entire face-reading, called Mian Xiang.

Mian Xiang principles enable the practitioner to analyze personality, predict wealth and health, and the kitchen sink, all from facial characteristics.  This article, at ://  It uses as subjects Steve Jobs of Apple Mac, and Bill Gates, of PC-land.

Read the bit on ears:

Fleshy lobes are good, and high placement on the head excellent.

Read PC vs. Mac byJoey Yap and Tee Lin Say.  Mian Xiang: see Joey Yap in a long comment from 2008 at ://  He has a book at ://

Otoplasty.  Ear work.  What would Mian Xiang do with cosmetically created (or even natural) Spock ears. 

Did you know that you can create Spock ears cosmetically? Elfin. Puckish. Spockish. Magic. Surgeons can give you Spock ears, a recent trend - see;

Do it yourself elf-ears.  This is a self-help elf-ear article: Why? Why?

The term is "otoplasty" for ear work. See ://; outpatient basis at this site, India - make it part of your tour - :// FN 2

Libraries report overruns on the computers, with fans of various mythological cultural-origin constructs, seeking resource material on elvish shapes. See:// Visit this site and scroll down to Galadriel in "Lord of the Rings," at ://

Spock? Star Trek.

The Spock shape is seen at Why is that considered a deformity? Because this is a cosmetic surgery site and they are drumming up customers who would otherwise feel just fine about themselves.

History of using body distinctions to clue character.

Body parts analysis.  Not a new idea. Science and folk practitioners and quacks, all three, love or hate to examine what the variations on body part shapes mean. Our society asks: is this random, or can you read a body.

III. Become a Watcher

1. Step one. Life list.

TV. The bus. The movies. You know you have watched too much TV when you begin to focus on the ears of talking heads, not the rabbit ears soon to be extinct.

2. The Perfect Ear

For standards of measurements purposes, see Joe Citizen Slovakian above.  Here is the castle where he was in line.  Talent is everywhere.

3. Cultural Appreciation

Never underestimate the ear.  Friends, Romans, Countrymen.  Lend me your ears. Into the porches of mine ear. In your ear.  Play it by ear.  Wordplays.  See ears quotations at :// and at :// /with/keyword/ears/

Add it to your meditations. This inquiry into ears is particularly theologically supported.
  • You may recall that Peter (of Saint fame, and be mindful of the Square in his honor, Roman branch of interpretation) cut off the ear of Malchus. 
  • See this hack job at the Cathedral of Notre Dame, at Chartres. France. We recall a site with pictures in detail from Chartres, and number 31 was of the ear situation, but cannot locate it now.
4. Uses of Ears

4.1 Ears as Entry Points for Treatment. Massage.

In contemporary times, , the ear is alleged to be a great massage target, with trigger points just as in the more familiar foot massage, see p:// Try itself. Pull your earlobes occasionally? Feel better?

4.2. Ears as Topical Interest Points for Cartoonists.

Sightings. This is March 10, 2009. Comic strip. Funky Winkerbean. Cory. Fourth square in the strip, has a pointy ear!

Note that asymmetrical ears, particularly involving a pointy on the person's right, is also called "A Colbert Ear"! And it is, yes, on his right. Another sighting. Mark it well.

Has anyone ever seen an Elfish Ear on the person's left?

Here, however, we skip the therapy angle and look at the Ear Distraction effect.

4.3. Ears as Distractors.

Once the idea has entered the brain, that ears might be interesting, the attention wanders to them. See yourself view, or hear, a talking head, and let your attention drift to the side appendages. The talk becomes vaguely entertaining again: see those ear shapes - lobes. Little pointy areas on the perimeter, stick out places, tubby lobes, narrow, flatty lobes. Ear studies and character, personality.

The power of the ear, the eye. The ear sends to the brain and carries more persuasion capability than mere rationality once the brain is hit. Is that the point?  HIghjack the ear with rhetoric, spin, slogans, scapegoating, all the techniques at //,  before facts are in.  The ear exceeds the power of the brain, the written word. The power of the ear in taking in persuasion. Persuasion by ear is stronger then persuasion by the written word

Information received through ears multiplies in effect because the hearer has no immediate access to vetting what is heard.  Fox on all day, all night, Fox is watchin' over me, my Lord.  Keep the pretty pictures on, get the sounds right as the lady irons, and she absorbs it all.

A viewer on a computer can do some clicks to a fact check and go check out what is viewed. Not so the listener, barely paying attention.  Remember your last house-interior painter listening to loud people for two hours each day at lunch while they paint your house.  Background ear virus.

It gets to the point where the homeowner can't wait for the guy to Leave! Leave! When will you be done! Once the inflammatory stuff is in there, it stays. Never hire him again.

"In the porches of mine ear" .... bemoans Hamlet's father's ghost.... and the poison did its work. See ://

Ears. We pay too little attention to what gets in there. We try to analyze only the outsides, and that does not get us far. See Aural Structure - Lobes,

5. Become concerned.

Ears as Facilitating Media Ponzi Schemes

Our lack of attention, to the potency of what comes in by ear, helps explain the radio and TV Audio Ponzi Schemers. It explains the vulnerability of at least some of their followers.Get one person to believe, that person repeats to another person, who then believes, and the Ponzi grows.

5.1 Red Ear Blue Ear

Ears, as outward, visible signs of inward spiritual grace or lack of it. Can ears be outward and visible signs of inward political leaning, or other characteristics?

Upon first tallies, there appeared to be no difference between Red Ears and Blue Ears, classified by state of origin; but this is being reassessed with new data.

However, of interest to researchers: do larger, relatively thicker ears, with pendulous fattier lobes, signify conservative viewpoints and financial success?  Step up, Warren Buffett. Give us a look.

For wacky research:  Is fear of the different or new, or fear of loss or challenge, stored in the lobes such that more swingy, fatty round lobes relate to conservatism; while modest-sized thin. even if long, lobes indicate overall tolerance.

You check.

Although Alfred E. Newman was brights-challenged, was he a good listener as indicated by ears sticking out, aiming carefully at the speaker speaking? Obama, with generous sized ears, that tilt toward the speaker.  A good listener.  And he is.

Animals with ears aiming forward are good at catching prey? Is that so? Does that mean that Obama may take his time to listen, but has all the predator instincts we know and love in heads of state when appropriate.

Prey:  Then it follows that prey have ears that swivel back and around, to hear what is coming?
  • Study: Left-wing brain; right-wing brain.
We have heard that tendency to fear or tolerance are hard-wired, see CNN report at :// Next study: tolerance as seen in lobes and whorls. Add this to your voter talking points.

6. Ethnic Eardoms. Variations.

Ears display racial-ethnic differences. Maybe race correlates with shape of lobes more than political leanings. If that is what the research shows so be it.

Caucasians and Japanese have larger lobes generally than India Indians. In India, a study showed lobes growing up to age 15, then being quiet for a while, and increasing in size after age 45. This can be an issue for biometrics, identifying people by ear shape. Less reliably identifiable as they age.

Researchers hope to have some answers by February 2009, so stay tuned. Use our Lobe Hotline to report sightings of interest. There does seem to be a connection in common lore - now for Science.

6. Income Opportunities. Bookies.

Money is also being made as we speak.

7. Birds and Animals

Moving ears.

Bunny ears; disguise coloration

In owls, the tufts are not ears, but are used for communication. Perk up when inquisitive. See Some humans can wiggle ears. Learned or hard-wired? We learned.

8. Asymmetry and Its Meaning
Separate but Unequal.

Aural aficionados also report that there can be a striking lack of balance in the cranial adornment arrangements visible during this voting season, in high def. See also RAPPP, below.

Asymmetric ears are not unusual - one roundy, for example, one pointy, see Figure 11 at this Biometric Identification site - :// See the Comedy Channel.

Point Counter Point. Single Knob Bump.

The RAPPP. The Single Knob Bump. This is a subgroup of elfin or elvin. Observers note a common phenomenon long documented by this researcher: known as the the Right Appendage Perimeter Pointy Place (RAPPP). This is different from an overall elfin shape - it is a distinct point or bump, not as often on the left ear?

This is a little angled, upper outer ear point, and it may signify great intelligence. Wits, as in elves? Or, perhaps, it serves as a tolerance repository, pointing to new directions. Exit pollsters will be at the polls with little cameras to correlate voter statements of candidate voting with ear quirks.

Update. News Flash. November 5, 2008 - President-Elect Obama has a little right ear point, external angling to leadership. Note similarity, but not much, to ear pointy are of Stephen Colbert. Is that so? Then we have Will Smith the Actor - oh, dear, we are addicted. Fox has fatty lobes? Dobbs? Distrust! Distrust!

8. Ear Placement in Cranial Measurement Index.

Also, it has been posited that ear to nose-tip distance and large ear size may indicate that the person has "energy to be alert, inventive, and stick his nose out." See "Face to Face with Facts," a Google book at

Our own ears at this site, for example, are not at all symmetrical, with lobes of different sizes and even angle to the Main Tete, so, when pierced (ultimately abandoned) never looked as though the earrings balanced. One harked east, and the other harked west. This is a common community of the afflicted. Was that the doorbell or the microwave?

Further research at *.


* Auto-Aural Research.

For those interested in developing observational expertise in this esoteric subject, we recommend the following enrichment activities:

1. Habitat. Specimens, for Auro-Watchers: TV Cable or Network people substituting themselves and their opinions for what the candidates themselves directly say, which footage is locked in the vault.

2. Equipment. Get a sketch pad and charcoal from a hobby store and begin your own collection. For use on buses, small pads are best.

3. Camera. Begin a photographic record. Keep near TV and in car.

4. Catalogue shapes, uniqueness in sound receptor areas: Do an Images search for ears.

5. Self-diagnosis. Sketch your own. Get a mirror and view yourself from behind.

6. Home decor. Ink them and press along chair rail areas; or create a stencil.

5. Fine Arts. Chorale: Turn up sound. //

Begin your own photographic collection of talking heads to isolate the most common individuations, with attention focused on the RAPPP. Those do seem to appear on the heads of highly intelligent persons, is that so?

When people pursue ears instead of issues, the real thing you know is that it is time to end the agony.

Voter focus amok.

Noise in the forest. If noone there to hear, was there sound?


FN 1 Lobes and politics.

Query I. Do lobe pendulosity indices, large long lobes on the commentator, correlate with tendency to find socialism under every rock?

Did Marx have big ears? See "McCain Suggests Obama Tax Policies are Socialist," at ://; and unfairly depriving the comfortable of their entitlements and unjust enrichments. See Joy of Equivocating, Tax and Funding.

Is McCain a big lober? Yes, so far. Do an Images search and look at blog,

Query II. On the other hand, if lobes increase in size with age in Caucasions (others?), and if huge lobes signify repositories of change-resistance, and fear; does this mean that the elderly become more fearful and resistant, and thus the tendency of older talking heads to press FUD?

FN 2 Curious - Can Medicare patients choose treatment services, including for ears, that are more than the standard included in Medicare. Just saw this site, from some time ago, when personal payment for additional services from a Dr doing Medicare was not allowed, see ://