Show me your ears

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You’re right – I don’t believe it’s the same guy. 

You might not believe it, but the bald, bearded man in the photo below is former talk show host David Letterman.

Source: David Letterman unrecognizable in new retirement photo | Celebrities | Entertain

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25 thoughts on “Show me your ears

  1. Terran Downvale

    Here he is from back in September. In the more recent pic, he’s under the bright, unflattering sun. It’s him. No controversy here.

    1. richard benedict

      imho, it is not Mr. Letterman.

      Here is an article with several clues.

      Identifying replacements for me is through intuition, a “feeling” about the subject.

      When I first saw the picture my immediate reaction is “That is not him.” I trust that reaction more than any journalist’s explanation for the change in appearance.

      I’m old fashioned that way. 😉

      1. xileffilex

        I ignored the shaved head, Tom. [Why on earth would “he” want to shave his head?] Looks like “he” put his whole head in the microwave and in the process developed a birthmark on his forehead.

        1. ab Post author

          Look, I don’t really care if it is him. If it is, then it proves how simple hair can alter a person’s look dramatically. If it isn’t, then it proves how the mind can force something to conform to what someone tells them is true.

  2. Tom Dalpra

    Mick Jagger publicly replied to a ‘bitchy’ comment Letterman made about him on his show a few years ago with the line – ‘At least I’ve got my own hair’.
    I remember being a little surprised, at that point, to figure Letterman must be bald.

    Why wouldn’t this be him ? He’s grown a full beard…that’s quite normal isn’t it ?

    It looks like him and I see no reason for this picture if it wasn’t him.

    The post is titled – ”Show me your ears” ? This is a direct reference to disinformation that many of us are familiar with.
    I took it as a joke from you ( Ab ) but on reading the post it seems you’re the one actually making the Goldbug-like claim here ?! Is this all post ironic ?

    Why wouldn’t it be him and why mention ear recognition?

    1. psyopticon

      Ear biometrics for forensic identification is a valid science; even if misappropriated and misapplied by D’alas GoldBug.

      There’s an academic paper here about its use in the identification of evil Serbian warlord Radovan Karadžic. It was through ear biometrics that they discovered the wanted Bosnian war criminal. Karadžic was living openly in Wolverhampton, under the identity of a Sikh Guru — Bostin’ Nanak.…

      1. Tom Dalpra

        Fair enough, EdnaCon, of course the science of all body biometrics is relevant in identifying people. One of my favourites is – ‘Height’.
        I found this useful when disproving the claims of Miles Mathis that John Lennon was – Lennon impersonator – Mark Staycer. Lennon was average height, Staycer’s a lanky fucker. It’s obvious! The science of Body Biometrics, you see.

        Interesting paper too on Gait and Ear recognition ( 250 ear-biometric convictions-a-year in Holland ) and a neat topical tie-in to the sentencing of Radovan Karadzic ( I wonder what the real story there is? ) .

        My concern here is that it seems clear that this guy in the photographs is Letterman and that in a field where we are familiar with celebrity doppelganger disinformation , it isn’t necessary to stir-up anymore hystearia .

        1. Tom Dalpra

          Now, ear and gait recognition aside, is there some method in this Letterman stuff beyond plain celebrity voyeurism ?

          Probably- knowing the scientific dictatorship of narrative mongers there is.
          These kind of things are scripted editorial decisions aren’t they ?

          I make no leaps but I wondered if this shoeless jog from almost exactly a year ago was somehow part of the Letterman narrative ?~

          Same shorts and socks and head-phones…no shoes…

            1. Tom Dalpra

              One time again…exactly a year ago nearly. It’s a running theme, it appears. No shoes, then no hair. It’s all a bit feckin Forest Gump this Letterman running narrative.


          1. richard benedict

            Because a similar photo/story appeared a year ago, I am inclined to believe that this is some sort of test, especially since the difference, is so striking. The casual substitution of celebrities before our eyes has been going on for quite awhile I am afraid.

            Here is recent example, Cameron Diaz.


            1. richard benedict

              As well as the unfortunate Renee Zellweger, I am afraid.

              Here is the obligatory article peppered with in your face clues.


              “The Bridget Jones’ Baby actress faced endless articles speculating about her face in 2014 after a red carpet appearance, something that was addressed in an interview with the Today Show on Friday.

              But, as Zellweger coolly explained to host Sheinelle Jones, she doesn’t have to care about what people on social media say about her face because she is too busy living in the real world and having “real experiences”.

              “I remember a couple of years ago people were talking about, ‘Oh, she changed her appearance.’ Does it bother you, does it get to you or is it just par for the course?” asked Jones…..

              The furore surrounding Zellweger’s appearance went on for weeks, with the New York Daily News even inviting plastic surgeons to analyse each part of her face in photos.

              Unfazed, Zellweger responded calmly to the claims at the time. “My friends say that I look peaceful,” she told People. “I am healthy.

              I wonder what the real Zellweger would have to say about such talk?


  3. Hare Brain

    It’s him. I know someone who was at an Indy Car event recently and he showed me a picture he took with a celebrity and he asked me to guess who it was. I couldn’t even venture a guess. It was Letterman, and he was there because he’s an Indy Car owner.

      1. Hare Brain

        He’s not a friend, just a coworker, I would feel weird asking him to give me a copy. There are lots of google images of Letterman at Indy Car events wearing a red jumpsuit. The picture I saw was basically that.

        found this video:

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