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Show Your True Colors

As the United States was losing to the Czech Republic in the World Cup, a strange story came over the Reuters newswire from Phnom Penh. Buddhist monks (40,000 in Cambodia) are being allowed to watch the soccer matches, but only in private. According to the story, if the monks "make noise or cheer they will lose their monkhoods."

I guess that rules out face painting, which is just as well, 'cause can you imagine a saffron-robed, shaven-headed Buddhist with his face streaked in Cambodia's colors: red and blue?

I'll probably never know what it's like to be behind a face full of paint, but a professional I called today was almost recommending I try. "It brings out emotion," Lorrie Sparrow said. She runs the Ohio outdoor drama "Blue Jacket." I saw the production a few years back and was impressed with the vivid face and body painting. "We paint any exposed skin, " she told me. The actors are made up to appear as Shawnee, Delaware and Miami Indians, with some of the paint designs signaling peace, some war.

"Use plenty of moisturizer, both before and after," Sparrow says. And she might add: get ready to be a different person.