Michele Bachmann's bugged-eye Newsweek cover is captivating America. In fact, not one single person has yet been able to open the magazine and actually read the story, and the photographer who took the photos has probably entered some kind of treatment program.
Bachmann's spectacular shot was so instantly iconic that it's now a full-fledged internet sensation, with the eyes often leaving her own face to take up residence on someone else's.
City Pages thought it would imagine what it might look like if that same pair of shining orbs had been on other famous faces in world history.
Would anyone have trusted Marie Curie to handle radioactive elements if her eyes were so unsettling? Could Cleopatra have seduced Roman generals with that wild-eyed glare?
Would da Vinci have asked the Mona Lisa to sit for a portrait, or would he have stabbed his own perfect eyes with a paintbrush?
Those questions don't have easy answers. See for yourself, if you dare.