The 300,000 South Korean fortune tellers who predict the future by reading the features, contours and complexion of a person’s face are being stymied by a modern phenomenon—cosmetic surgery.
“It’s like they are wearing a mask,” Park Sung-Jun tells the WSJ (4/28, Page One.) “If someone comes to me who’s had a lot of plastic surgery, I can’t read their face.” The characteristics that reveal something about a client’s wealth-earning potential, career and romantic prospects can only be discerned by inspecting the features that he or she was born with, he says.
South Korea has the world’s highest ratio of people who have undergone cosmetic surgery. (The U.S. ranks 6th). Yet 70 % of that country’s citizens annually consult face readers for their skill in physiognomy. The built-in conflict is as plain as the nose on your face.
By the way, according to Mr. Park, “The nose indicates a person’s ability to earn money, which could explain how Warren Buffett made his fortune. People born with a fat nose with small nostrils usually make a lot of money.”
The WSJ called Mr. Buffett for comment, but he declined. Warren’s nose may flare, but his lips are sealed.