Like most families (at least those with a photographer about), we have a house that’s littered with pictures. That includes one of my favorites – my husband, circa the early eighties with a mop of brown hair.
So why, you might ask, does my mother continue to ask him if he was really blonde as a child? Ah, that would be my daughter – the towhead who I think looks a heckuva lot like I did when I was three.
Want to end that age-old argument over who they REALLY look like? The folks at MyHeritage.com have come up with the answer – the mash-up . . . sort of.
The Look-alike Meter lets you upload a mix of family pics (her with bad eighties glasses, him with bad eighties glasses, her with “the Rachel,” him with a Vanilla Ice fade) plus one of that sweet little dumpling or one of the entire family. It took awhile – even on my usually speedy cable connection – but if you have a good picture of all three of you, with faces straight and facing forward, you can shave some time.
Using facial recognition software (so makes me feel like I’ve jumped into a “Law and Order: SVU” episode), the Look-alike Meter then makes its picks. It’s cute, but rather unscientific (yeah, I was disappointed too). Without someone sitting there working with the photos, you can’t expect a lot. After all, my daughter apparently looks more like me by a whopping five percent (so the blue eyes, blonde hair and my grandmother’s forehead mean bupkus!).
But I don’t have to tell my mother the five percent part, right?
Hey Mom, she looks like me!!
Image: My Heritage