Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction:


A TEN-YEAR search for two ears just alike has led to the discovery of a new weapon against crime.

The other day, Dr. Theron W. Kilmer, noted New York physician, told police officials at the seventh annual convention of the National Identification Association, meeting in New York City, of discovering a “criminal ear” that appears twice as often among gangsters, thieves, and thugs as among honest citizens.

In addition, he has worked out a system of classifying ears as an aid to trailing wanted men. Because of his researches, such strange terms as “flap ears,” “earographs,” and “one-o’clock ears” may soon hold important places in the vocabularies of American detectives.

If  Dr. Kilmer’s discoveries are applied by criminologists, the chattering teletypes and police radios of the future may broadcast descriptions of fleeing criminals that contain some such sentence as this:

“Watch for this ear: Flap, Lobeless, Eleven-O’Clock, Round, Shut.”