They’ve cut my hair off!” Samson sounded distressed.
They’ve cut my hair off!” Samson sounded distressed.
If you cross your fingers and touch a small object (such as the tip of your nose), there will seem to be two of whatever it is. Not being able to see the object strengthens the illusion, and because you can’t see the end of your nose very well it is a suitable tactile target. Besides, using your nose is amusing.
This illusion has been known for at least two thousand years. Aristotle wrote (Metaphysics Book 4):
“… touch says there are two objects when we cross our fingers, while sight says there is one”
It’s an example of a tactile illusion.
Lots of optical (alias visual) illusions are known. They startle and intrigue: some seem almost incredible. Some have been discovered or invented in the last decade, others go back centuries. They all cast light on visual perception, and are all, even the most well known, still the subject of research and often controversy as well.
Tactile illusions are less well known and most people are only aware of the crossed fingers one. But many have been discovered and written about, and new ones emerge quite regularly. There is an excellent survey here.
One I particularly like is the ‘salad bowl after effect’. Take a smoothly concave bowl (like a salad bowl) and press three fingers – there is no need for it to be hard – against the inside curve of the bowl for a few seconds – perhaps 10 – and then touch them on a flat surface. If you are like me it will feel convex, as though a bump has risen up! This strange (and to my mind eerie) feeling only last a short time but for me at least its is quite strong. I’ve even found I can make it work with the inside of my glasses case.(Written some years ago for the Partialinsight blog.)
I really enjoyed this gem from today’s puzzle!
No privacy here for swimmers? (8, 4)
Why did the chicken cross the ice rink? To get to the other glide! ⛸️
Our small cruise ship company is literally a joke. It’s a one liner.
The warmth of the sun in winter.Here’s an amusing skit on such rare words, from Mirriam-Webster
I’m addicted to suitcases. But I’m determined to pack them up.
No clues and pleeeeze don’t just Google. Think about it and put a guesstimate in the comments.
By average is meant the median; half the people below, half above.
Seen in the Scilly Islands.
I used to hear owls a lot round here but in the last few years less. So I was pleased in this last few days to hear several tawny owls on the way back from the pub (me not them).
Here’s a good write-up with a sound recording
On a radio program in 1948 the philospher Bertrand Russell gave several humerous examples of "emotive conjugation", such as
I am firm, you are obstinate, he is a pig-headed fool.
I have reconsidered the matter, you have changed your mind, he has gone back on his word.
You get the idea: it's like comjugating a verb but the speaker casts themself in a favourable light, you in a slightly less favourable one, and the others in an unfavourable light.
I offer you one for the current "situation" (as the PM describes ).
I am filling up earlier than usual, you have changed your pattern of demand, they are panic buying.
They said I knew diddly squat. I was like “No, never met the bloke”.
I can probably reprise this, after half a decade.
Barcarolle Gamble on winning streak
Minuet Last night's romantic dinner
Romance Insect scouts
Nocturne Criticise stage act
Overture Your turn now
Rondo Relative of John Doe, Jane Doe, etc.
Andante Another relative
Unison The one at uni
Suite Grain identification
Operetta Grain dryer tragedy
Symphony Appear odd
According to Simon Cardy we’ve had less wind this summer than any year since 1962, seehttps://mobile.twitter.com/weather_king/status/1434812313614397441
A. How do lumberjacks get online?
A. With their logging credentials!
I love archeology, I really dig it.
Each week I buy the ingredients for a meal that I cook and share with a friend, although I’m not very agile nowadays so they have to assist quite a bit.
Anyway. Today I tried pork escalopes with grilled vegetables. No carbs cos friend is on a Keto diet, which is not far off what would be recommended for people on type 2 diabetes, so I think it’s ok health wise and does seem to work. I’ve snuck in carbs myself but still lost a bit by association.
Next up will be a marinara chicken breast recipe, with different grilled vegetables, mushrooms, sweet potato this time and maybe peppers.
What’s with marinara? It’s the sauce mariners cook up, think of carbonara cooked up by charcoal burners.
I’ll report next week on a) recipe and method b) success in scale 1-5
Who can get petrol?
Scroll down for answer
A grimoire is a book of magic spells, from French, from Latin, and I think related to Ancient Greek grammata = letters.
Those who can read and write may cast spells. They may be glamorous, glammar being a Scots variant. And so we see those who can read, write, spell, may bewitch and fascinate. Letters are dangerous.
I bought a wig for five thousand pounds. That’s a lot toupee.
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