Forethoughts and Foreheads: If I Can’t Laugh at Myself…

Anyone who knows me personally knows that I like to tease them — even to the point of being incessant — and no one is usually exempt from it…

…not even myself.

Forethoughts and Foreheads: If I Can’t Laugh at Myself…

As I was driving south on North Main Street through downtown Panguitch in Utah and approaching Center Street to turn left in order to remain traveling on United States Highway 89 towards Red Canyon and Bryce Canyon National Park — and, eventually, the Rodeway Inn Bryce Canyon hotel property later that night — I noticed the overhead highway signs which are shown in the photograph below.

Brian Head highway sign

Photograph ©2020 by Brian Cohen.

At the bottom of the sign on the right was the name Brian Head, of which I had never heard before — and yes, in this article, the arrow is indeed pointing to the top where my photograph is displayed.

Brian Head highway sign

Photograph ©2020 by Brian Cohen.

I then thought of the readers of The Gate who have poked fun at my forehead in the past — even the state of Utah apparently seems to have something to say about it — and I chuckled at the thought: why not have a little fun at my own expense?

Just to show that I have no hard feelings, here are some of the unedited comments — both serious and in terms of conveying levity — which readers of The Gate have posted over the years:

  • Brent Bendick“Why the self absobed pic of your massive forehead? I’m fat bald and ugly…I would never….sorry dude…you need a new approach”
  • James Trevelyen“Hi Brian. My favourite tower used to be your forehead, but it is now the Chicken Zinger Tower.”
  • Miguel“Your forehead is click bait enough! I can’t get enough of it (in fact, I got a larger monitor so I could see all of it).”
  • Ace“Just so I’m clear, was this article the product of your giant shiny forehead that you, for some reason, feel the need to expose or…did you maybe, just maybe, catch it on a cable comedy show this weekend?”
  • Asa“Your giant forehead is the main attraction of the site, but your amusing command of English is a close second.”
  • Charles Deegan: “Brian, you really need to consider removing your giant forehead from you website graphics. Not only is it physically unsettling, but I doubt it is appropriate for small children.”
  • claire watts“your large forehead and receding hairline really give people nightmares. please change the logo.”


If I cannot laugh at myself, then what is the point?

Consider this a present for 2020 — especially with the way this year has gone for many people. Sometimes we take life way too seriously; and we could all use a good laugh lately. I hope you enjoyed a good laugh; or that this article brightened your day — even if only a little bit.

Merry Christmas.

All photographs ©2020 by Brian Cohen.

14 thoughts on “Forethoughts and Foreheads: If I Can’t Laugh at Myself…”

  1. Gene says:

    @ Brian — This article is better suited for Halloween.

    1. Brian Cohen says:


      …I could have masks of my face created and on sale for both Halloween and the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic, Gene.

      Thank you for the idea for potentially increasing revenue!

      1. Gene says:

        Hilarious. I would buy one if the price is right.

  2. cr says:

    When was pic1 taken? Pic@?

  3. cr says:

    sorry – pic2?

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      If you mean the photograph of me at the bottom of the article, cr, that was taken earlier this year.

      1. Brutus says:

        I think he means the Conehead photo from like 40 years ago.

        1. Brian Cohen says:

          Hmm…this is an Aykroyd situation in which I have been placed, Brutus.

          I may have to close the Curtin on this one and become a Newman as soon as this Saturday night…

  4. NB_ga says:

    Thanks for the Christmas Eve chuckles and cheery holiday greeting – and for the updated photo! As Chanukah has passed, I will send to you fond wishes for a delightful rest of your December.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      Thank you very much, NB_ga. I truly appreciate it!

  5. Bob says:

    Happy New Year, Brian! Hope you have an exciting year a head of you. Keep up the good work.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      Thank you so much, Bob — and may you have a happy new year as well!

      I liked this: “a head of you.” That brought a smile to my face.

  6. Geo says:

    My mother always said that a “high” forehead (that’s what she called it) is a sign of intelligence. So there. Thanks for the updated pic.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      So there indeed!

      Thank you — and your mother — for that, Geo!

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