Monday, April 03, 2006

Monday Madness-Waiter, there are glasses on my fly.

I first saw this at Dusty's place. I just didn't want to wait until Wednesday for this. It is beyond bizarre.

flyglass

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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!

18 comments:

barefoot_mistress said...

If the fly had amblyopia, how many little tiny fly eye patches would it take to correct the vision of the weaker eye?

Imagine the size of the eye chart for the fly eye exam!

Do men make passes at flies who wear glasses?

..."you're my, brown eyed fly...."

ok, i'll stop now...that was hilarious!

logo said...

Oh my,
ya know...
um,
maybe...
uh,
Yeah, I can't think of a single excuse for them.
(stands clear)
Mock away, that is taking geeky weirdness to a totally new low.

Breazy said...

WTF?? What the heck does a friggin fly need glasses for in the first place . I am like you , what were they smoking when this idea was created ? There are some seriously messed up people in this world. Have a good day !

snavy said...

LOL!!

Um... aren't flies only alive for 24 ish hours??? I really don't think eyewear is what's on their mind.

It's basically, born, fly, eat, fly, mate, fly, have baby flies, fly, die. Right???

Bridget Jones said...

ewwwwwwww. #4 popped into my head first....

Phain said...

what some people will do to entertain themselves...

*grin* ourselves included ;)

truckdriver_sefl said...

Some intresting questions indeed!!

Lime have a great Monday!

shezzy's sanitarium said...

eek, my sides hurt from laughing!!!!

DaMasta said...

LMAO @ Snav's comment! Cause, ya know, if you were a fly.. you'd only think about FLYing, riiight?

Have a great Monday, Lime.

MyUtopia said...

That is freaky looking.

Seamus said...

...just one question...

Why, Fly? :)

Blither said...

Lime,
Have you been dipping into my narcotic? tee hee

This post totally says .. WOW! .. All over it!

Gary said...

Hey, this post is the bee's knees and the fly's eyes.

Moosekahl said...

I would add one more question to your list...How much money did they waste on this amazing but useless technology while we still are trying to cure cancer? Just wondering...

James Goodman said...

Hey! Where'd my comment go? hmmm...stupid blogger has a new glitch.

Anyhoo, thanks for the laughs.

Robert van de Walle said...

People, this is what Photoshop was invented for!

Seriously, though, micromachining can be used for sures for illness, so I'm glad they are working out the bugs.

'k, gotta fly!

Mark Leslie said...

Giggling at most of the comments, but I love: " Exactly how many of the fly's eyes now have corrected vision?"

airplanejayne said...

I wonder if the fly has a pocket protector as well?