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Oh they are, Eleanor. It’ll take you a while to get used to your newly immobile ears and weaker, nondirectional sense of smell. In fact, apart from keeping the water out when it rains (a minor thing, mostly) the only advantage the human nose has is ease and versatility when it comes to piercing jewellery. Same with the ears, really. And you’ll need to be firm with people when you take your human-form moustache out into the Avalon and beyond…

Eleanor: What… are you saying to me? I’m not a king, and I always try not to be a drag. Nor am I transvestite, transgender or even trans-fat. And the only thing I’m “inter-” right now… is my fabulous moustache, which is exactly as it should be – especially as I now have these *waves her human fingers* with which to use these! *unzips case to reveal her new moustache-grooming kit* *beams at Mary Finn* Thank you, Mary! ♥

Mary Finn: You are most welcome, my dear! And does anybody else have any more unnecessary personal comments that they’d like to come out with? *flinty gaze at crowd*

>:=)>

So cuuuuute! And human noses and ears CAN wriggle! It just takes finding those muscles…which can be tricky.

For nose, try moving the upper lip downward. Practice this, and eventually the nose will sort itself out.

Ears I can’t recall. Maybe other readers have tips.

Also! The gsng totally needs an Eleanor Moustache Day, where they sport amazing staches in honor of.

How I figured out what psychological button to push to wiggle my ears was picturing trying to stretch my eyebrows outward, basically toward my ears.

I can’t wiggle my nose, but I can flare my nostrils at will. Can’t say I remember how I figured that one out.

I mean mobile in the sense that they can point towards a sound in order to determine exactly where it’s coming from. Humans have binaural hearing, of course, and can learn to narrow down the position using the acoustics of their static pinnae and the rest of their head, but having mobile pinnae is just better and faster for that, and a lot faster to learn. Not to mention that for static acoustics to work, the sound source has to produce a spread of frequencies, preferably an even spread, so that certain of the frequencies can be attenuated by the acoustics and the listener’s brain can figure out the position from this. That’s the main reason why it’s hard to locate a monotonal sound – there’s no spread of frequencies for the acoustics to work with.

As for directional sense of smell, you need to have some of those olfactory mucous membranes on the outside! That’s the reason for all those wet noses, with those sometimes complicated arrangements of ridges and fissures: so we can pick up information from how the scent hits them and moves across them. Not always useful, but sometimes vital to have. Human noses are like sitting across the room from an open window, trying to work out where the sounds outside are coming from.

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