No smiling allowed! – NEIN!!!!

No smiling allowed!:

“So we’ve gotten word that you’re not allowed to smile for the picture on your new biometric passport (the Brits are instituting this rule to comply with American standards). Nope, no big, toothy grin. A slight upturn of the lips is all you’ll be allowed. And no sunglasses or hair slanting across the eyes either, though those don’t really bother us. Who ever expected to be allowed to wear sunglasses in an id photo anyway? Now it’s just official. But the no smiling thing is just not ok on general principle. All these rules are of course so our oh-so-accurate facial recognition software doesn’t fail so miserably. We do love these modern times.”