April 30, 2022

Mind. Blown.

I was going to look for a meme for that first picture of this post, but I thought this picture of Duck was perfect! (Well... if it was in focus.)

Since I haven't shared any of the random facts from the daily calendar this week (I literally didn't even pull the pages off of the calendar each day because it's been a crazy week), I figured I'd post a few here. Well, as I was writing this post, I fell down the google rabbit hole and now my mind is just blown. Even if these random facts don't make a lot of sense at first, I end up googling (just to see how accurate it is) and then I stumble upon some really interesting stuff! That is the case for this post...

This one made my brain hurt. I always thought of magenta being a dark pinkish or light purplish color, so I had a hard time figuring out where the green fit in. Jerry was sitting next to me, so I asked, "Magenta is a pinkish-purplish color, right?" He said he thought so, too. I googled magenta to see if maybe I was mistaken about the color, but it looked exactly how I thought:

I showed Jerry and he said, "Huh? I see green and blue." My head whipped around toward him, and I instantly thought of that stupid blue/black or gold/white dress. Remember that? Jerry and I disagreed on the color and we were (laughingly) shouting at each other, "It is NOT blue and black! How could you possibly think that?!" and "There is no possible way that you see white and gold. No way!" It was a pretty funny argument. But still.

Anyway, about the magenta, as soon as I saw his face I knew he was lying. Hahaha! After reading that random fact, I had to read it about 10 more times before I understood. I haven't gotten any sleep this week (and if I do manage to fall asleep, I have nightmares about pantry moths and larvae), so I blame my brain fog on that.

This one started out innocently enough, but when I googled it, I fell down this rabbit hole and now my mind is BLOWN about blindness. I had always assumed that blind people "see" darkness--basically what seeing people see when we close our eyes. But I stumbled upon this super interesting article about what blind people "see"--and the answer is: nothing. Well, I couldn't accept that, and the more I read the more my brain hurt. I just couldn't understand it.

The examples in this article really explained it well, but I still just couldn't imagine would it would be like to not see anything--not even black. Here is where it made the most sense to me:
"To try to understand what it might be like to be blind, think about how it “looks” behind your head. When you look at the scene in front of you, it has a boundary. Your visual field extends to each side only so far. If you spread your arms, and draw your hands back until they are no longer visible, what color is the space that your hands occupy? This space does not look black. It does not look white. It just isn’t."
Maybe I've just been completely ignorant all these years, but it never occurred me to question the fact that blind people don't "see" black or darkness. This is so fascinating to me and I want to read more about it when I have time.

And here's a fun fact just to rest your brain (if it was as confused as mine):

I either read this wrong at first or the sentence was just poorly worded, but at first I thought it meant that Joe Pesci wanted to avoid Macaulay Culkin in order to be afraid of Macaulay when he first saw him. After reading it a couple more times, I realized that Pesci avoided Culkin so that Culkin would be afraid of Pesci.

The finger bite sounded a bit dramatic because you'd have to bite someone HARD to break the skin. When I looked it up, I found a quote on this site from Macaulay Culkin about the incident:
"In one of the scenes, they hang me up on the closet door or something and he says, "I'm gonna bite each one of your fingers off, one at a time.' And during rehearsal he actually bit me. He broke the skin and everything!

"I'm a little nine-year-old boy and he's going around biting (my finger). I still have the scar. I didn't even realise until recently.

"I got really mad at him. I was like, 'I don't care how many Oscars you have, or whatever - don't go biting a nine-year-old! What the heck's wrong with you?'"

I love his response about the Oscars--hahaha! So that's a fun fact.

Okay, I'm going to rest my brain with some Better Call Saul on Netflix. I've only ever watched the first season, way back when it started, but I've been watching it again recently. It's so good! I always really liked Saul on Breaking Bad.


  1. The whole concept of how we see color is fascinating and confusing. My son is color blind and I'll never really understand how he learned his colors when he doesn't see them the same way that most of us do.

  2. I'm reading this on Sunday morning and now my head hurts. Thanks, I guess.;-)


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