A 31-year-old Minnesota woman has been diagnosed with a condition called “Resting Nice Face (RNF).” Elizabeth Logan has presented symptoms for many years, but her diagnosis was confirmed on Tuesday.
People living with RNF appear to have a pleasant, breezy look at all times, and an upturned mouth, even while the face is relaxed. Symptoms include being disproportionately approached by strangers to ask for directions, take photographs, or engage in innocuous small talk.
And while people afflicted with RNF generally appear “approachable,” members of the public are advised to approach with caution, as their features may not reflect their mood or emotions.
RNF cases may be on the rise. Medical professionals report that “Resting Nice Face” is more rampant in Minnesota than anywhere else in the country. “A few years ago, we were very concerned about an aggressive strain of ‘Resting Bitch Face (RBF),’ but our communities were largely spared from that endemic,” reports Dr. Martin Samuelson, an epidemiologist. “We didn’t realize that we were about to be a hotbed for ‘Minnesota Nice Face.’ ”
“An experimental therapy exists in which patients can be injected with a strain of ‘Bitch Face’ in order to counteract ‘Nice Face,’ but this course of treatment is very risky. We caution against it, except for the most extreme cases.”
And what makes for an extreme case? Elizabeth Logan tells us more.
“At first, my symptoms didn’t appear too serious,” she explained. “People would approach me in the grocery store and ask me if I thought a cantaloupe was ripe, that kind of thing.”
Then things started to get more intense. Logan recalls an incident at the Mall of America. “Another shopper thought I was a fitting room attendant,” she alleged. “This condition makes me look like I’m always ready for customer service. It’s hard for me to admit this, but I went ahead and found her a different size and color anyways.”
Hard, but not without hope. Logan is coping with her new condition through physical therapy and a daily “Bitch Face” drug cocktail. At press time, she had effectively learned to furrow her brow.