In January 2012, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission began asking people not to smile while their driver license photos are being taken because it supposedly messes up the State’s facial recognition software (here’s a full story: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/09/new-jersey-bans-smiling-in-drivers-license-photos). What I think is kind of funny about this story is that it wasn’t really a big deal for the past nine months until some woman recently had a temper tantrum about it and stomped out of the DLD to go tell news outlets that these meanies wouldn’t let her smile. When you read the story closely, what it really says is that you can’t cheese out in the photos, not that you can’t smile at all. In fact, they say that they want a natural facial expression, which for some people is a soft smile. I can just imagine the eye-rolling and patient sighs of the poor folks in the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission who have been forced to respond to newspapers asking indignantly why we can’t smile in our most official, self-representing identification cards. Simmer down, people, please.