Old Wives' Tales
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Claim: Michael Jackson prosthetic nose fell off during a recent TV special.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2001]
Variations: Depending on whom you hear the rumor from, the replacement nose is held in place with clips, stitches, or magnets.
Origins: How does Michael Jackson pick his nose? From a catalogue, say the wags.
The singer's numerous plastic surgeries coupled with the marked physical transformation he had undergone over the years gave rise to this particular rumor. Of all the surgeries endured, none have resulted in more striking a change
Some describe Jackson's final proboscis in less than flattering terms. "His nose is the size of one of those baby corns you find in salads," said one reporter for The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in 2001. Others echoed that pronouncement, likening it to something run through a pencil sharpener. Though beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, thus opinion will vary widely on whether his nose was handsome or particularly suited him, none can deny that particular specimen looked far more fragile than the norm. This perception of fragility bolstered the plausibility of the notion that it wouldn't have taken much to make it fall off.
Although 2001 expressions of the gossip present the purported event as something recent (often tying it to the "Michael Jackson:
[Collected via e-mail, 1996]That bit of scuttlebutt was possibly an expansion of an earlier, milder rumor:
Anyone heard anything about Michael Jackson's nose? It's been worked on so much it has lost its structural integrity, and now he has to wear a prosthetic nose because all he has left is a little knob. Some newspaper in Taiwan reported that it fell off during one of his concerts there on his current
[Wellington Evening Post, 1995]On 25 June 2009, Michael Jackson died of cardiac arrest at a hospital in
More buzz about Michael Jackson. Or rather, what's going on with the star's face these days. Insiders report the singer's nose is "in trouble" and needs to be repaired as soon as possible. It seems Jackson's newest implant at the tip of his nose has become unstable and is causing the star serious breathing problems.
When it came to trying to figure out what to make of Michael Jackson's various facial surgeries, rumor often substituted for hard fact because there was no credible information to be had. The singer's secrecy about his beautifications and his odd behavior overall compounded the situation, making wild assertions appear more attractive than ever. For example, he showed up for a November 2001 interview with TV Guide with his nose swathed in gray bandages. "It is analgesic tape," he said. "For allergies."
There were whispers that he somehow injured his nose in early September 2001 while rehearsing, necessitating his seeking medical attention for it. Once again, this is difficult to confirm, but if an actual injury had occurred, it would begin to explain the resurgence of the "Jacko's nose fell off" rumor in the fall of 2001.
Barbara "nose news is good news" Mikkelson
Last updated: 24 July 2009
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