Separated at birth.

Curse you, Lance Mannion. So I followed a link from his joint, and tried out this facial-recognition gimcrackery over at, in which you upload a photo of yourself and they compare it to the celebrity database to determine which one you most resemble. I’m not going to show you the photo I used, because I think it makes the punchline more amusing. Are you ready? My celebrity twin?

Kelly Clarkson:


Yes, the woman whom Slate summed up in a phrase: “despite the best efforts of a battery of stylists (she) still looks more like a Dutch mastiff than Jessica Simpson.” Well, I never claimed to be a beauty, either. (And if that’s a Dutch mastiff, I’m…never mind.)

Funnier still was No. 2:


We do have similar senses of humor. So there’s that.

Alan is installing the new switchplates today, and I have laundry, errands, bill-paying and about nine million other things to do this morning. See you back here this afternoon. In the meantime, feel free to find your long-lost famous relatives.

Posted at 9:56 am in Popculch |

17 responses to “Separated at birth.”

  1. Dorothy said on July 26, 2006 at 10:09 am

    Oh I did this too – last night! I couldn’t stop once I started. My most accurate one was Liza Minelli – when I was a little girl and before I started wearing glasses, I used to have strangers tell me how much I looked like her. So I guess they were right. Then I started doing pics of my kids. My son bears a strong resemblance to Hayden Christensen, and sho’ nuff, it came up!

    The weird ones really make you shake you head. I had a match with Aretha Franklin. And one match for my son was Sammy Davis Jr. Go figure.

  2. wade said on July 26, 2006 at 10:41 am

    Brezhnev first, followed by Burt Renyolds. Separated at birth, indeed.

    Must be the eyebrows…

  3. brian stouder said on July 26, 2006 at 11:01 am

    Well, Dorothy – somehow, a resemblence to Liza Minelli just…makes sense!

  4. ashley said on July 26, 2006 at 11:34 am

    What crap. The spectacles throw it off. I am, in order, Helena Bonham Carter, Ozzy Osbourne, John Lennon, Charlize Theron.

    Ohhhhhh Kaaaayyyyy

  5. brian stouder said on July 26, 2006 at 11:41 am

    hmmmmm….you seem to live in the androgynous zone

  6. Dorothy said on July 26, 2006 at 11:49 am

    Yes Brian, you get it! Of course I was thrilled to be told I looked like Judy Garland’s daughter. My mom was much less so, though. She did not think Liza was much to look at and disagreed with others.

    And also – every single one of the pictures I did match ups with last night showed both male and female matches to all submissions: me, my son, daughter and husband. I think they are matching noses and teeth, to be honest.

  7. ashley said on July 26, 2006 at 1:47 pm

    Brian, the only thing we have in common, in their pictures, is that we’re all wearing glasses. Now if I would have scored Judy Garland as well, then that would have been fabulous!

  8. deb said on July 26, 2006 at 2:08 pm

    i’m a little alarmed to see that my husband most closely resembles warren beatty, followed by ed harris, roger moore and john-john. holy crap. he’d better be keeping it in his pants, is all i can say.

    of course, the next hit after jfk jr. was barbra streisand, so.

    also: my 12-year-old son’s photo produced only one hit, but it was that hunk who plays clark kent in “smallville.” even his older brother was impressed by that one.

  9. deb said on July 26, 2006 at 2:13 pm

    nance, you’ll appreciate this — on my first try with my own photo: number 2 hit, meryl streep!

  10. Nick said on July 26, 2006 at 2:58 pm

    Oliver Hardy, Anna Nicole Smith, Marc Anthony, and Mika Hakkinen.

    WTF – Oliver Hardy & Anna Nicole? I’m going straight to the gym.

    Stupid intarweb…

  11. brian stouder said on July 26, 2006 at 3:04 pm

    Mika Hakkinen is certainly an odd addition to the list! Wade’s heavy eyebrow matches might have pulled in Fernando Alonso…but Mika is an older F1 star (retired a few seasons back) and Fernando is a newer sensation…

  12. ashley said on July 26, 2006 at 3:15 pm

    With my faux Che pic, I scored JK Rowling, John Entwhistle, and Scott Joplin. Oy vey. At least, it is kind of a manly pic of JK.

  13. John said on July 26, 2006 at 7:22 pm

    My top result was Colin Powell. I’m not saying the software is a crap shoot but I am a chubby Italian looking white boy. And my next result was Nicole kidman, so don’t hate me becuase I’m beautiful,ok?

  14. brian stouder said on July 26, 2006 at 9:25 pm

    Well, I match Macaulay Culkin, Oscar II of Seweden(!), Lance Amrstrong (but I’da’ had enough sense to keep Sheryl Crow!), George Peppard, Gary Lineker, James Cameron, Ted Turner, Jim Carrey, Cindy Crawford, and Mario Andretti!

    I agree with Dorothy that the thing really goes for noses and teeth…and also forehead and head shape

    Pammy looks like someone named Alizee, who I never heard of – but who is pretty!

  15. vince said on July 27, 2006 at 12:46 am

    Ta daaaaa!
    And the drum roll please…… I apparently look like…… YAIR LAPID.

    Yes, Yair!

    Of course, you all know he’s an Israeli journlalist, son of a politician, father of three and he’s worked in both newspapers and broadcasting. (Thank goodness they provide a link to info on the matching celeb.)

    Did others get multiple face matches up at once?
    I got only one. Or did you run it over and over?

    The one and only Lair.

    Ok. So let’s try another photo. One of me with a live bobcat on my head: Hmmm. No match. Even when I define the face myself.

    One more time. This time wearing a ball cap, but not over my forehead: Arrrrgggghhhh !!!!
    This time it’s Gerald Ford.

    Ok. I’ll quit while I’m behind!

  16. Dorothy said on July 27, 2006 at 9:19 am

    Vince they show only one at a time, but you have to click on the arrow to move it to the next selections. I think everybody gets at least 4 or 5 matches.

    I uploaded a pic of the Russian exchange student we hosted this past year and it matched him with Wayne Knight, who was Newman on Seinfeld. Their noses are a perfect, pointy match. But our kid weighed about 165 lbs. soaking wet.

  17. Linda said on July 27, 2006 at 9:23 pm

    I uploaded my photo and it said there were no results. 🙁

    I’ve always said that I’ve never seen anyone else who looks like me, not even in my family, and I guess it must be true.