Was Mark Twain good-looking?

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    May 07, 2011 1:43 AM GMT
    Even though he's more recognized by his more elderly image, do you think Mark Twain was good-looking at 35?

    Mark Twain photo portrait, Feb 7, 1871, cropped Repair
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    May 07, 2011 1:45 AM GMT
    I'd have to see him shirtless to make that decision.
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    May 07, 2011 1:50 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidI'd have to see him shirtless to make that decision.


    This is the only shirtless photo of him I've found, taken in 1883 (when he's about 48 ).

    Mark Twain-Shirtless-ca1883
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    May 07, 2011 2:31 AM GMT
    I'd have to see him shirtless to make that decision.

    The quintessential RealJock response.
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    May 07, 2011 2:39 AM GMT
    I'd cuddle Mark Twain naked.

    Aaaaaand I can officially cross that off from my Fucked Up Phrases I Really Never Envisioned Me Saying list.
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    May 07, 2011 2:47 AM GMT
    Yeah, necrophilia
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    May 07, 2011 2:49 AM GMT
    Lord Byron was somewhat a hottie back in the day
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    May 07, 2011 2:55 AM GMT
    Having the hots for Mark Twain strikes me as weird. Kinda like having the hots for your grandfather or something.
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    May 07, 2011 3:09 AM GMT
    ILmarathonrunner saidLord Byron was somewhat a hottie back in the day


    I'd feel so inadequate in his literary bed icon_redface.gif
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    May 07, 2011 3:11 AM GMT
    In his older years...

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    May 07, 2011 4:47 AM GMT
    I don't think any person alive in the 19th century was hot by today's standards.
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    May 07, 2011 4:58 AM GMT
    Tazo995 saidI don't think any person alive in the 19th century was hot by today's standards.


    not even cowboys? is that chronocentric?
    fashion aside, how bout just good-looking?
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    May 07, 2011 4:59 AM GMT
    Tazo995 saidI don't think any person alive in the 19th century was hot by today's standards.


    Modern literary masters need naked lovin' too
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    May 07, 2011 5:03 AM GMT
    serioushat said
    Tazo995 saidI don't think any person alive in the 19th century was hot by today's standards.


    not even cowboys? is that chronocentric?
    fashion aside, how bout just good-looking?


    Wasn't talking about fashion really, even though that does play a big role - hair style, beards, etc. Most people ate bad food, had scars from untreated diseases, and just looked bad from a low quality of life.

    Humans in general are just pretty ugly, we just designed the well groomed and worked out kind later on.
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    May 07, 2011 5:07 AM GMT
    Tazo995 saidI don't think any person alive in the 19th century was hot by today's standards.


    LOL. Think ahead one hundred years and re-think that statement...

    Seriously, there are some photographs I see, every now and then, of some random chap from centuries past (including the earlier part of the one into which everybody posting here (at the time of this writing) was born) that catch me off guard and make me think "Damn! In HIS day...."

    I remember seeing a photo of my childhood neighbor, a very enigmatic, somewhat distant and cold septuagenarian who was a retired horse racing track owner from Oklahoma. He was a hardened man, and very much of his generation. He died in the late 1970's at nearly 90 years of age. He was a grandfather-figure to me as a boy. The picture I saw of him long after his passing was of him and his two younger brothers when they were all very young men in their early 20's in Oklahoma City, striking it out on their own for the first time in the big city. They might as well have been some Abercrombie undergrads in a staged vintage setting. Truly, they were fucking heart-stoppingly downright hot.

    Beauty is beauty, in any age, in spite of the fashion of the day. In the end, faux-hawks and fu-manchu's alike are just period conventions that have to be looked past to find the underlying aesthetic that feeds the gene pool of every man here.

    The ridiculous notion of currently rotting flesh and age relativity aside, Samuel Clemens was an attractive man, and (in the non-photoshopped version, at least) a fairly athletic and 'sexy' guy. I see nothing creepy about saying so.
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    May 07, 2011 5:08 AM GMT
    boulderic insistedIn his older years...


    This looks shopped. I can tell from some of the pixels and from seeing quite a few shops in my time.

    Ariodante spokethModern literary masters need naked lovin' too


    Can't I just give them something as a metaphor for lovin?
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    May 07, 2011 5:09 AM GMT
    Dahas said
    Ariodante spokethModern literary masters need naked lovin' too


    Can't I just give them something as a metaphor for lovin?


    No. Get naked. NOW.
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    May 07, 2011 5:16 AM GMT
    Tazo995 said
    serioushat said
    Tazo995 saidI don't think any person alive in the 19th century was hot by today's standards.


    not even cowboys? is that chronocentric?
    fashion aside, how bout just good-looking?


    Wasn't talking about fashion really, even though that does play a big role - hair style, beards, etc. Most people ate bad food, had scars from untreated diseases, and just looked bad from a low quality of life.

    Humans in general are just pretty ugly, we just designed the well groomed and worked out kind later on.


    Really? Indeed I won't argue about the general population, but have you been to Walmart lately? We aint' exactly a stunning lot, by and large, in this day and age, either. Whereas....
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    and here's Eugene Sandow, the 'father' of what we know as modern bodybuilding...
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    May 07, 2011 7:45 AM GMT
    Tazo995 saidI don't think any person alive in the 19th century was hot by today's standards.


    then you never saw a pic of poet Rupert Brooke

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    May 07, 2011 9:07 AM GMT
    Mark Twain was perpetually grumpy. That's not hot.
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    May 07, 2011 10:33 AM GMT
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    boulderic insistedIn his older years...


    This looks shopped. I can tell from some of the pixels and from seeing quite a few shops in my time.

    So does your wiener. I can tell from seeing quite a few wieners in my time.
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    May 07, 2011 1:36 PM GMT
    serioushat said
    paulflexes saidI'd have to see him shirtless to make that decision.


    This is the only shirtless photo of him I've found, taken in 1883 (when he's about 48 ).

    Mark Twain-Shirtless-ca1883


    No, because he doesn't have an athletic body
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    May 08, 2011 11:27 AM GMT
    Wilfred Owen (the homosexual war poet) was awarded the Military Cross for bravery in action. He was killed in the battle of the Sambre in 1918 at the age of 25, a week before WWI ended.
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    He's most famous for his war poems, but "It was a navy boy" is worth a look.
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    May 08, 2011 1:56 PM GMT
    Trollileo said
    ohioguy12 saidNo, because he doesn't have an athletic body
    I just laughed so hard...
    Thank you for making that reference.


    Ooo...ouch. STING! icon_rolleyes.gif

    Really? With that chest? I'd disagree, especially by 19th Century standards, but then again , this is the man who said "Every time I feel the need to exercise I sit down until it has passed." If THAT was today's average...well, if only....
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    May 08, 2011 2:30 PM GMT
    MahaHaHa said
    Tazo995 saidI don't think any person alive in the 19th century was hot by today's standards.


    then you never saw a pic of poet Rupert Brooke

    rupert-brooke02.jpg


    Yeah...his beauty is timeless!

    Pahaa on those of you who think that people 100 years ago were perpetually unattractive! You inherited your looks from somewhere!