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Really, Why Do We Say “Cheese” When Taking Pictures?

Why do we use the name of a favorite dairy to look nice in photos?


Back then, people didn’t have Instagram filters and powerful digital cameras to ensure that they look great in photos. They just run their fingers through their hair, adjust their clothes, and hope for the best when the camera flashes.

Oh, and they also say “cheese” before the shutter clicks. Haven’t you ever wondered why photographers say “Say cheese” when they take photographs and why people actually follow it?

Why do we use the name of a favorite dairy to look nice in photos?


The idea started around the 1940s, according to TodayIFoundOut. A local Texas newspaper called the Big Spring Herald came out with an article that referenced to the phrase. The word “cheese” obliges to smile – the “ch” sound makes you clench your teeth while the “ee” parts your lips, resulting to a grin on your face.

Here’s an interesting tidbit: Back in the day, as in during the 19th century, not everyone smiles in photographs. Only drunks, peasants, and children ever flash their pearly whites for the camera.

Everyone else maintains a poker face for pictures as it was considered dignified and attractive.

Also, cameras weren’t exactly instant back then. It took several hours, even days, to take a single photograph!

Taking photographs was a major effort back then.

No one could hold a smile for that long. Consider too that dental hygiene wasn’t a priority during that time so, of course, people aren’t exactly raring to show off their broken or missing teeth.

During the old times, creating photographs was very expensive, so much that the average person sits through photos just one or two times in their entire lifetime. So they pretty much do this on very important occasions.

We have Kodak to thank for making photos more accessible – the company invented the $1 “Brownie” camera in the 1900s.

We also have Hollywood to thank as they captured moments for film. These makes smiling a common practice for all types of people.


Company Lets You Install Observational Beehives In Your Living Room

Not only will you see bees in action, you will also get to understand their crucial role in an urban setting!

The sad reality that we are facing today is the consistent decline in the bee population. Yes, this is true – and it has been that way for a long time already. Unfortunately, among the known causes of bee population decline are the loss of habitat and modern industrial farming methods.

If you think this is the least of your problems, then you certainly do not know a thing or two about nature. You see, bees are the ones responsible for pollinating most of the plants on the planet. And these plants, apparently, are the kinds that we human beings rely upon food. If not for these creatures, it is almost impossible for this cycle to happen. In order to encounter this nightmarish event, experts have come up with a couple of innovative solutions. BEEcosystem, in particular, has developed a system of wall-mounted observation hives, all of which can be easily expanded in a hexagonal, honeycomb style.

BEEcosystem is designed to counter the consistent decline in the bee population.

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Well-Loved Character Tintin May Have Been Based on a 15-Year-Old Danish Boy Scout

He’s one of the most beloved characters in Europe and beyond.

You may well be familiar with Tintin, the world-famous fictional cartoon character created by Belgian cartoonist Hergé (also known as Georges Prosper Remi) and loved by both young and old. He has no superpowers, but the ever curious young investigative reporter and adventurer, along with his fox terrier Snowy, continues to captivate the hearts of many up to this day.

Tintin first appeared on January 10, 1929, in the Le Petit Vingtième, the youth supplement of the Belgian newspaper Le Vingtième Siecle. What started as a supplement grew into an international phenomenon. A comic book, television series, and several animated and feature films were made over the years.

Tintin, with his sharp wit, kindness, and thirst for adventure, became an inspirational character to many.

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Six-Inch Long Centipede Cuddles With Hatchlings In Skin-Crawling Footage

Do you find this creepy or cute?

It's heartwarming to see videos of momma animals cuddling with their cute newborn babies. Most of the time, such an adorable sight would easily make our day bright. But will you still find it cute if the mom and baby -- or in this case, babies -- belong to the creepy-crawly species?

A Filipino real-estate agent managed to capture a video of a six-inch centipede embracing its 80 hatchlings. The video has since garnered millions of views and somehow confused netizens as to how they should feel about it.


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