Would You Be Able to See Through Superman's Disguise?

You might have wondered if putting on or taking off glasses is enough to completely transform Clark Kent/Superman’s appearance. Researchers have looked into this, and the result is pretty surprising.

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Sources:
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  • Dazidan

    There's also one thing clark kent does that is less known. He doesn't just wear glasses, he changes his personality, his body posture and tone of voice. These would differentiate him more without leaning hard on science.

  • Sara Makes Art

    I have an idea of how this might work. It's known that some people's glasses optically change the size of their eyes, making them look smaller if the person is nearsighted and bigger if the person is farsighted. As human's, we spend a lot of time looking at people's eyes, especially here in the Western world, where eye contact is deemed so important. Anyway, if the appearance of someone's eyes has changed, such as their size, I can see how that could be enough to make it harder to recognize them, even if nothing else about them has changed.

  • Princess YuBeace

    My sis in law is faceblind to some extent, and this makes her unable to enjoy things like Lord of the Rings bc she cant tell apart the hobbits for example, or white gandalf and saruman, bc shes like oh a wizard is a wizard! but which is which???

  • Pedro Marcelino

    Why do Westerners have so much trouble recognizing Asian faces? I always thought it was pure prejudice untill I went to China and kept confusing people all the time!

  • Beth Albany

    the suit hides his bod and he slouches

  • Pedro Marcelino

    There was a video on the main channel where Olivia hosted without glasses. She had become a completely different person.

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