Yesterday I ran across a discouraging article. It pointed out that whereas most parts of the human body have stopped growing when an individual reaches adulthood, there are two uniform exceptions to that rule: your ears and your nose.
(FYI, apparently fat cells around the midsection are not considered a separate “body part.”)
The article explains that in most parts of the human body, growth stops because cells stop dividing — although the cells themselves can expand or shrink. The ears and nose are different from other body parts because they are soft tissue encased in cartilage, and the soft tissue cells keep growing, and growing, and growing — forever. And when I call up the mental images of the two of my grandparents who lived well into their 90s, I realize with a start that they did end up with pretty big schnozzollas, now that I really think about it.
This is discouraging news, because I don’t know of anyone who desperately desires to have a bigger nose or more prominent ears. The nose is already one of the dominant features of the face. It’s not exactly an attractive, expressive feature, either. If a facial feature has to continue to grow, why couldn’t it be the eyes?
And, if like me, you already have a considerable, if noble, nose, and ears that look like the twin handles of a Roman vase, you wonder just how big the darned things might get. I’m afraid I’m ultimately headed to Jimmy Durante territory.