Success story: ears that stick out
Thank you to ‘Anonymous female’, age 17, from the USA, for sharing how she tackled bullying about her ears at school with corrective surgery.
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By the age of 5 or 6 years, our ears are about the size they will be when we are adults
About 5% of people think their ears stick out too much
It is normal for the tip of the ear to be up to 2 cm from the scalp
Older people have bigger ears. The reason could be that as we get older our ears grow by 0.22 mm/year. Or it could be that people with big ears live longer (for some unknown reason)
In Chinese culture, it is believed that long ears signify nobility (and predict a long life), and thick earlobes predict greater wealth
A burglar who listened at doors and windows, to see if anyone was at home, was caught by his ear prints left at scenes of his crimes (Daily Telegraph)
In 1998, a retired company director handed out thousands of large cardboard ears to commuters as they crossed London Bridge into the business area of the City. He filmed the business people wearing the ears, and submitted the film for the contemporary art Turner Prize