The Knucklehead of the Day award
Today's winner is German Interior minister Otto Schily who wants Germans not to smile when having their passport photos taken. Does Mr. Schily need to micromanage German life on that low a level? Or does he need a sense of humor? One thing is certain Minister Schily needs a life and therefore he is today's Knucklehead of the Day.
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BERLIN - Germans were ordered Thursday to stay serious when having their photographs taken for new passports, wiping away any grins, smirks or smiles so that biometric scanners can pick up their facial features.
Interior Minister Otto Schily ordered passport authorities to only accept pictures taken from the front showing the "most neutral facial expression possible," starting Nov. 1.
Facial recognition systems match key features on the holder's face and work best when the face has a neutral expression with the mouth closed.
"A broad smile, however nice it may be, is therefore unacceptable," the Interior Ministry said in a statement.