I first saw this at Dusty's place. I just didn't want to wait until Wednesday for this. It is beyond bizarre.
"The Power of Light" in National Geographic Magazine
Photo Gallery: Best Science Photographs of 2005 Named
Tiny Flying Robots Modeled on Insects
March 28, 2006—Pampering pets with designer goods isn't so unusual—and now even your houseflies can get outfitted in style.
An entry in a German science-photo competition, this image shows a fly sporting a set of "designer" lenses crafted and set in place with a cutting-edge laser technique. The glasses fit snuggly on the fly's 0.08-inch-wide (2-millimeter-wide) head.
Manufacturing firm Micreon GmbH submitted the insect's picture for the Bilder der Forschung (Photos of Science) 2005 competition. Selected images were on display last week in a Munich shopping center.
Micreon, based in Hannover, Germany (see map), created the fly's eyewear using ultrafast laser micro-machining. The firm notes on its Web site that the process can create objects with high precision at scales of less than a thousandth of a millimeter.
This sort of thing brings many questions to mind.
1. What were the creators of flyglasses smoking?
2. How do they know the fly lacked 20/20 vision?
3. Exactly how many of the fly's eyes now have corrected vision?
4. How the hell did they get the fly to sit still long enough to put the glasses on it?
5. Couldn't they come up with anything more stylish? Personally, I like the frameless style better.
6. Do fly nerds wear taped glasses?
7. Or heck, why not go for fly contact lenses? Well, ok, contacts could be a problem, what with the filth factor and the sheer number of fly eyes.
8. Can you imagine the contact lens case the fly would need?
9. Ok,they said it is a photography contest. Have these poor geeky guys become such social misfits that they need to take pictures of flies in glasses? Ya know, certain things could really make you see the merits of porn, which leads me to ask...
10. Would they put tape over the eyes of the flies in porn?
11. How would they get the fly to sit still?
Ok, my head hurts now. Happy Monday!