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Sci-fi fans undergo surgery for elvish ears


Posted on Friday, 8 April, 2011 | Comment icon 42 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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A new craze is seeing fans of Middle Earth having their ears sculpted to look like an elf.

The painful looking operation involves the top cartilage of their ears sliced apart and then sewn back together to create an elf-like pointed ear. "It was just something I thought would be fascinating," said one fan who underwent the procedure.

"The elf ears craze is believed to have been brought on by films such as Lord of the Rings and Avatar, as well as HBO’s comedy television series Bored to Death."

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Comment icon #33 Posted by zenfahr on 13 April, 2011, 17:28
Dur!!! This is really nothing new, Native Americans used to wear the skins of animals in ritual and in the hunt. Had all sorts of legends of shape shifters and magical animals. People in Mexico would strech out their lips and strech or compress their heads... People in Afirca did the same, lips, nose, ears, bumps under the skin, and enlongated necks. Some would do this to imitate animals, others would do it for mystical reasons (such as imitating a magical elf). So you dont get it.... if you have an ear ring, then you too have modified your body.
Comment icon #34 Posted by Ryu on 13 April, 2011, 19:31
It won't when it gets in the way of getting hired on a job. Seriously, no one will be inclined to hire someone who looks like a freak-show. Admittedly some of the mods look cool but in the real world people want to deal with people, not elves, tigers, Klingon wannabe's. This is not to say I wouldn't mind a doctor or whatever that had pointy ears or such but...the professional world doesn't look kindly on such mods and I can understand that too. I guess it is ok for kids and teens but once they apply for colleges and jobs or even the military then their reality check will b... [More]
Comment icon #35 Posted by Urisk on 13 April, 2011, 21:05
Yes yes, Ancient Egyptians worshipped anthropomorphised animals in Godly form Many Celtic tribes tattooed themselves with animals believing the spirits of the animal would give them attributes for battle etc Beserkers and Ulfhednar would wear bear and wolf pelts, respectively, to also gain their strengths for battle Maori, and many other peoples, tatto themselves to tell the stories of their lives The spiritual reasoning is not what I am questioning; It was in these people's beliefs to do such things. I doubt it's in anyone's religious outlook to make their ears look like ... [More]
Comment icon #36 Posted by zenfahr on 13 April, 2011, 21:19
Calmn down cowboy, no one put in queston your intelligence. I Dur...ed at this statement, "is the human race really that insecure about itself that some of us have to imitate aspects of our own cultural invention, or even other animals, in order to feel at ease with ourselves?" because I would think it seems quite obvious to anyone who has ever met a teenager no disrespect intended.
Comment icon #37 Posted by Urisk on 13 April, 2011, 21:32
Hey no worries, and no harm done. I probably overreacted myself, but it's just one of my pet-hates. But back on track; as I said I can understand the want to imitate animals, certainly from a spiritual POV. And tatoos, piercings, sure, it's good to express yourself, but I can't understand why someone would want to change themselves into something their not. From what I gather, historically, members of the aforementioned cultures would "call upon" (for lack of a better term) aspects of an animal to aid them in some way- they wouldn't run about pretending to be t... [More]
Comment icon #38 Posted by A Hoax For Healing on 17 April, 2011, 12:42
I just think that this is just silly. Ya see, I have a bump on my right ear that extends about a couple centimeters, resembling exactly what these people are trying to imitate, and mine grew NATURALLY FROM BIRTH. So...these people are just miserable morons in my opinion, because I was always made fun of for my ear.
Comment icon #39 Posted by UFO_Monster on 18 April, 2011, 2:39
Saw this on the news last week. Personally, I wouldn't be able to tell the difference. It's barely noticeable.
Comment icon #40 Posted by jbondo on 20 April, 2011, 13:47
Why in the world can't people just deal with what they are? I can see fixing something that's obviously misshapen but to purposely modify they body to look like a character in a movie is silly IMO. Sure, you'll get attention but is it the attention you really want? Will someone want to take you home to meet the parents? Are you going to get that promotion or even a job like that? Will you garner any respect at all? While I always treat people respectfully no matter how they look I can tell you that you will in fact run into all of the above questions and there is no shortage of cru... [More]
Comment icon #41 Posted by Chooky88 on 24 April, 2011, 13:39
I like human rounded ears, makes us look cuter, cuddlier and less aggressive than we truly are!
Comment icon #42 Posted by The Russian Hare on 24 April, 2011, 13:55
You've got to be joking. These people are going under the knife for purely cosmetic (arguably mental) reasons and he's not even a doctor? They're insane.


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