Art nerds have always obsessed over the Mona Lisa’s weird smile. Is she happy, sad, maybe annoyed? Well, two experts say they’ve finally figured out it: Her smirk was probably due to an underactive THYROID.
Hypothyroidism can weaken the muscles in your face. And they think that’s why she’s not sporting a bigger smile. It can also cause swollen hands, thinning hair, and a lump in your neck. And they think all those symptoms are visible in the painting too.
All those things also could have been caused by high cholesterol, heart disease, or SYPHILIS. But the model in the painting lived to be 63 years old. And this was 500 years ago. So if she’d had any of those things, she probably wouldn’t have lived that long. (Sci-News / Mayo Clinic)