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Aesop would be pleased

a poem by Dave Gresham

This is a fable, yet the truest of stories,
And yes, there’s a moral to this allegory,
Scientists in Athens had thought for a while,
Who is the prettiest in all the Greek Isles?

For thousands of year, the winner, of course,
Helen of Troy, launched the ships and the horse.
All throughout Greece, her likeness abounds.
Statues and busts in the squares of all towns.

But who is it now, with these centuries passed?
And so a grand plan was conceived and then hatched.
Thousands of photos of common Greek women,
Were merged, morphed and blended into a vision.

Computers then averaged this data divine,
Every possible feature, except for the mind,
Eyes, nose and lips, forehead and chin,
There wasn’t a feature that wasn’t put in.

The shocking result you will surely enjoy,
The composited picture was Helen of Troy!
But it also gives proof that our thinking is scary,
Since the prettiest woman is most ordinary!