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The Megapixels in Your Eyes

“How many megapixels are in your eyes?” the Wolvog asked at breakfast.

“Millions,” I responded, forgetting that children don’t understand sarcasm regardless of the fact that I often sarcastically remind people that children don’t understand sarcasm.  “I’ve got millions of megapixels in my eyes.”

“Oh,” the ChickieNob said politely.  “I thought that maybe you had less megapixels because you wear glasses.”

“I have zero megapixels in my eyes,” I told them.

“So you’re blind?” the ChickieNob asked, confused.

“No, I’m not blind.  There are just no megapixels in a person’s eye.  Eyes aren’t cameras.”

“Eyes are like cameras,” the Wolvog informed me.  “So they must have megapixels. I have a 5 megapixel camera.  That’s not a lot.”

“No, it isn’t,” I agreed.  “But you’re also not getting a different camera if that’s where this conversation is heading.”

“I think kids have more megapixels in their eyes than adults,” the Wolvog decided.

“Hence how you can see the world in ways that I obviously can’t,” I answered.




1 Kasey { 08.01.13 at 8:47 am }

I think he’s very very right with that thought lol

2 Jen { 08.01.13 at 9:21 am }

There are about 126 million photoreceptor cells in a human retina. So is the answer 126 (per eye)?

Either way, that boy will go far!

3 a { 08.01.13 at 12:31 pm }

Ha! Nice save on the “I’m not asking for a new camera, I’m just having an interesting discussion” front!

4 Dora { 08.01.13 at 2:00 pm }

Funny. Love the hashtag. The other day I took a funny picture of Sunshine with my phone. When she saw it, she laughed and told me to send it to her cousin.

5 Justine { 08.01.13 at 9:05 pm }

Mind. Blown. 😉

6 Lori Lavender Luz { 08.02.13 at 11:28 am }

Reminds me of the countable/noncountable lessons I gave while teaching English in Japan. Some things, like drops of water or megapixels, can be counted because they are discrete things, so we ask how many?

Others, like water itself and, well, there are no units of human vision, cannot be separated from the whole, so we ask instead, how much?

An your techno-kids rock a huge amount, either way.

7 loribeth { 08.02.13 at 2:35 pm }


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