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August 3, 2010 8:18 AM   Subscribe

Face your pockets. I have no idea how these people got their heads wedged into their scanners, or why.
posted by dabitch (36 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite

 
#39: "Occupation: well, i don't really know...as you see, sometimes i scan my face"
posted by LSK at 8:29 AM on August 3, 2010


That's... very... odd.

Mostly because a bunch of people voluntarily scanned their faces and their credit cards, with card numbers visible, and posted them on the internet.
posted by verb at 8:29 AM on August 3, 2010


I love this. Thank you!
posted by seanmpuckett at 8:34 AM on August 3, 2010


Creepy. Scanned faces always look dead to me.
posted by aught at 8:36 AM on August 3, 2010


Do scanners use some sort of eye-damaging photon beam?
posted by stbalbach at 8:37 AM on August 3, 2010


Psshaw, ant man, stick yourself in there and then we'll talk.
posted by seagull.apollo at 8:37 AM on August 3, 2010


Scanned faces always look dead to me.

Yeah, reminds me of Tori Amos' cover for From The Choirgirl Hotel, where she had full-body scanner images made. Although she didn't have all the contents of her pockets spread around her.
posted by hippybear at 8:38 AM on August 3, 2010


Vanitas of the 21st Century.
posted by Gator at 8:39 AM on August 3, 2010 [4 favorites]


I'm fascinated! And Gator's Vanitas link just nailed it for me. Fantastic!
posted by taz at 8:41 AM on August 3, 2010


If this were the contents of MY purse on a given day... wallet. iPhone. chapstick. hair ties. extra shirt in a size 3T. a board book about trucks. fake cellphone. crayons. dirty tissues. possibly also a stick.

And I'd also probably fall asleep on the scanner.
posted by grapefruitmoon at 8:42 AM on August 3, 2010 [3 favorites]


do it, grapefruitmoon! It sounds completely charming.
posted by taz at 8:45 AM on August 3, 2010


People really do carry bananas in their pockets. Who knew?!
posted by heyho at 8:47 AM on August 3, 2010


People carry a lot of crap around, don't they?
Contents of my pockets today: £1.17 and a fuzzy receipt that went through the washing machine. I'm rubbish.
posted by le morte de bea arthur at 8:47 AM on August 3, 2010


a lot of people with cheap ass phones out there....
posted by HuronBob at 8:48 AM on August 3, 2010


I'd need the full-body scanner to hold all the crap I keep in my bag. And the lint would just obscure everything.

The random few I clicked all had IDs. The US may not be the bastion of liberty some may tout it as, but I don't have to carry ID unless I'm driving. I have to carry a credit card, because MegaCorp requires it, though. In the US, it's all about the credit.
posted by theora55 at 8:50 AM on August 3, 2010


Metafilter: Some sort of eye-damaging photon beam?
posted by Chipmazing at 8:50 AM on August 3, 2010


I can clearly make out a someone's VISA card number on one of those. Not so great.
posted by Burhanistan at 8:51 AM on August 3, 2010


Ooh, and there's a Mastercard number.
posted by Burhanistan at 8:54 AM on August 3, 2010


Metafilter: a lot of people with cheap ass phones out there....
posted by CautionToTheWind at 9:08 AM on August 3, 2010 [1 favorite]


Two with composition: manuka and olga_novikova
posted by mrgrimm at 9:11 AM on August 3, 2010


Distinct lack of cats.
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 9:12 AM on August 3, 2010 [1 favorite]


Not just for whippersnappers.
posted by EvaDestruction at 9:22 AM on August 3, 2010


Kicking creepy up a notch. I think I'm now sufficiently unsettled for the day.
posted by EvaDestruction at 9:25 AM on August 3, 2010


Car key, wallet, iPhone, and 2 pennies. Typical guy, me.
posted by swift at 9:27 AM on August 3, 2010


Kicking creepy up a notch. I think I'm now sufficiently unsettled for the day.

And her occupation is teaching ex-art.
posted by DU at 9:29 AM on August 3, 2010


Which makes me wonder if someone's keeping track of what happens to her exes...
posted by EvaDestruction at 9:36 AM on August 3, 2010 [1 favorite]


Previously, though it's been a few years.
posted by juliplease at 9:52 AM on August 3, 2010


Which makes me wonder if someone's keeping track of what happens to her exes...

Oh,I think we all know what is happening to her exes.
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 10:02 AM on August 3, 2010


Is there a double statute of limitations?
posted by xod at 10:03 AM on August 3, 2010


Why do people carry more than one cell phone? I don't get it.
posted by morganannie at 10:03 AM on August 3, 2010


> Why do people carry more than one cell phone? I don't get it.

The simple answer is that they are pickpockets.
posted by Burhanistan at 10:09 AM on August 3, 2010 [1 favorite]


Why do people carry more than one cell phone? I don't get it.

Work phone, personal phone.
posted by NoraReed at 10:37 AM on August 3, 2010 [1 favorite]


Yeah, I know a guy who manages for a catering operation, and they have special contracted phones with built in radios and email that he has to carry at all times.
posted by codacorolla at 10:57 AM on August 3, 2010


I have no idea how these people got their heads wedged into their scanners, or why.

I wonder if Matt ever regrets that post.
posted by Astro Zombie at 11:08 AM on August 3, 2010 [1 favorite]


I wonder if Matt ever regrets that post.

There's not a day goes by I don't feel regret. Not because I'm in here; because you think I should. I look back on the way I was then: a young, stupid kid who committed that terrible crime. I want to talk to him. I want to try to talk some sense to him, tell him the way things are. But I can't. That kid's long gone and this old man is all that left. I gotta live with that. Rehabilitated? It's just a bullshit word. So go ahead and stamp your forms, sonny, and stop wasting my time. Because to tell you the truth, I don't give a shit.
posted by maxwelton at 12:43 PM on August 3, 2010 [1 favorite]


It's amusing that some people completely shove their faces into their scanners, while others seem to hover above them, wary of leaving a mark (so I'd guess).

Vanitas, from earlier this year (2010), though the last link was dead when I checked it now. For posterity: that page on Archive.org (and earlier editions).
posted by filthy light thief at 4:39 PM on August 3, 2010 [1 favorite]


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