Interesting video: Facial averages of East Europe / Zajimave video: oblicejove prumery vychodni EvropyInteresting video: Facial averages of East Europe | Czechmatediary
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Interesting video: Facial averages of East Europe / Zajimave video: oblicejove prumery vychodni Evropy

Here is and interesting video I came across. You don’t have to read anything, just watch the groovy transitions in-between faces and wait for the Czech/Slovak mug to appear. Do you agree with the digitized images or not?

CZ: Toto je zajimave video oblicejovych prumeru cele Evropy. Co si o tom myslite?

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17 comments… add one
  • Eva Z May 25, 2012, 4:39 pm

    Very interesting! I wonder what was the sample size for averaging and if they really took people with roots in CZ only, no other nationalities in the family tree.

  • Jamie May 25, 2012, 7:29 pm

    The video ends so fast that I couldn’t actually see the Czech faces, but I found the ones for Armenians, Ukrainians and some others uncannily accurate. Check out the typical Armenian shape to the Armenians’ mouths.

    Eva, please find me a Czech who has no other nationalities in his family tree. No such Czech exists.

  • Marek May 26, 2012, 3:10 am

    We Czechs are not Eastern Europeans!

  • Tanja May 27, 2012, 2:40 pm

    Evi, I would be interested in that too. Also, they are all so nicely symmetrical and beautiful, does that mean they were taking in only the good looking Eastern Europeans?

  • Jamie May 27, 2012, 2:40 pm

    Well, you were East Europeans until communism fell and you started saying you weren’t.

  • Marika May 27, 2012, 2:46 pm

    Interesting video. Now, don’t all Czech’s have the same father? 😛 ( praotec…)

  • Marika May 27, 2012, 2:48 pm

    Tanya, re: your comment here – I recently read something really interesting (if I find it I’ll send it to you) that ‘beauty’ is defined by symmetry and that is the reason why most Eastern European women are considered beautiful…. not that all have symmetrical faces, but majority does.

  • Jamie May 27, 2012, 2:51 pm

    I read that it’s not symmetry that determines how beautiful people think a face is, but how close its proportions are to the average. So someone who has something close to an average nose, average distance between the eyes, etc., tends to be considered beautiful.

    There are plenty of ugly Slavic people with quite symmetrical faces.

  • Eva Z May 27, 2012, 4:28 pm

    Actually, even during communism I never heard of Czech being classified as Eastern Europe. It was always Central Europe as is geographically correct. It was only grouped with Eastern Block because of ties to USSR and politics.

    They call the equation for beauty The Golden Ratio and together with symmetry it’s supposed to apply to beauty. But still beauty is relative, don’t you think? What is beautiful today perhaps wasn’t considered beautiful hundred of years ago and vice versa.

    Tani, I think that even if they take not very attractive people, when they average it, it turns out similarly since different people have different pretty features.

  • Kristina May 28, 2012, 5:22 pm

    Prague used to be the Northern capital of the Roman empire, so Eastern Europe has a lot of anthropological history as a cultural crossroads and is why the university in Prague is one of the oldest in Europe.

  • Jamie May 28, 2012, 6:31 pm

    The Roman Empire was finished collapsing in the year 476. Charles University was founded in 1348, almost 1,000 years later. So the founding of the Charles University had nothing to do with the Roman Empire.

    Prague became the capital of the HOLY Roman Empire, which wasn’t founded until 500 years after the Roman Empire had ceased to exist. It became capital during the reign of Charles IV, and he didn’t become king of the Holy Roman Empire until 1365.

    So Prague was never a capital of the Roman Empire. I think you have your history confused.

  • Sarka May 29, 2012, 1:04 pm

    to Jamie: I don’t know much about how the Czech lands were called before/during Communist era, but demographically (number of kids, when women tend to have their first kid) we – before 1948 – belonged to the western part – patterns – of Europe – which means – less kids, later in life. Communist changed the patterns by artificial means and now we are returning to that patterns similar to those in western countries.

    That’s what I read in books when studying for an exam for a demography course at school.

    The other think is whether we take the label “eastern Europe” as something bad. We shouldn’t. But there is still that negative connotation. However, being placed in the eastern part of Europe is just at least geographically incorrect.

  • Sarka May 29, 2012, 1:06 pm

    I made a mistake, sorry… 🙂

    *The other thinG is…

  • Tanja May 29, 2012, 9:38 pm

    I just want to add to the symmetry aspect: a lot of good-looking women/men have big eyes and/or big lips which are not necessarily proportional to other parts of the face.

  • Marika (ta druha) June 3, 2012, 12:28 pm

    Here is the video with John Cleese and Elizabeth Hurley explaining the golden ration of beautiful people whose faces are 1 and 1.68 something or rather measure. Luckily for me hehehe it works 😉 Phew! I guess, aside from my bitchiness I’m beautiful :PPP

    The video is in 6 parts

  • Karen June 21, 2012, 10:03 am

    That was interesting. I found the Czech faces accurate (especially the man) and the Turkish ones were dead on.

  • Hana - Marmota September 24, 2012, 4:23 am

    Czech Republic as Eastern Europe is definitely geographically wrong, as I read the actual geographical geometric centre of Europe is in Lithuania, even further East (and North) than the Czech Republic.

    It’s an interesting video, but it definitely makes me wonder how many faces did they use for the averaging.

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