Segelohren ("sail ears"): That‘s how Germans call it when someone has protruding auricles

literally: “sail ears” / meaning: protruding auricles

They say it’s the little flaws that make you who you are. Even big stars can tell you a thing or two about this.

Take, for example, celebrities like Will Smith, Kate Hudson, and Daniel Craig. They all don’t hide their protruding ears—though most languages refer to them with rather unflattering terms. Apart from the German word Segelohren (“sail ears”), they are called “fan ears” in Spanish (“orejas de soplillo”), or my favorite, “cabbage-leaf ears” in French (“oreilles en feuille de chou”). By any means, even science shows that large auricles should not necessarily be viewed as an imperfection. 

According to a Swiss study from 2015, this trait does by no means bear a negative social stigma. On the contrary, kids with ears that protrude more than usual tend to appear more intelligent and likable than their small-eared counterparts. That’s because people are generally more attracted to facial features that stick out, the study says. So there seems to be hope even for Alfred E. Neuman. Or Yoda.



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