People Paying Hundreds to Look Like Elves Are Weird

Sasha Brown-Worsham

Soon after the vampire, True Blood, Twilight craze, it seemed that everyone was suddenly sporting vampire teeth. We all got used to it, and now of course, the weirdos of the world have to top it.

But how? I know! Elf ears!

If you think this sounds like a joke (as I once did), I assure you, it isn't. People are paying $600 to have the cartilage at the top of the ears slit open and then having them sewn back together to create a point. Jordan Houtz, who's had it done, said:

It was just something I thought would be fascinating ... I wouldn't go so far as saying [I'm] a Trekkie, but definitely Lord of the Rings, all the Sci Fi kind of stuff, and it just fit my personality.

OK, then.

Now it seems, there may come a day in the not too distant future where looking "normal" is going to get weird.

The thing is, I'm all for letting your freak flag fly, but this is permanent surgery that carries a fair amount of danger (infection, discomfort, changed minds!) all so you can look like what is probably a temporary obsession.

I hate to rain on the elf parade, but this just seems like a whole lotta risk for not a whole lotta reward. Personally, I'm going to stick to my boring old, plain rounded ears. Maybe that makes me an old fuddy duddy mom type, but better that than deaf, thanks.

Would you ever get elf ears?


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