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When you look in the mirror, what you see is back to front RIGHT?
Why is it not upside down?
I know. I'm meths or something.
I know it's not hard. And I know I'm not stupid. I just seem to be missing the bit of my brain that can explain that.
Now, everything is upside down
note, too, that when you do this, you don't get the apparent reversal of left and right.
it was demonstrative of angle/perception.
If you to the right, your reflection will point to the right too. Not to the left. THAT would be back to front.
You wouldn't be able to see it though, because you'd be on the wrong side
with "I have had about 6 hours sleep since friday"
Actually can the "mods" just delete it. And maybe delete me?
Look -----------> ooh Big Chill DiS review.
I never had ANY doubts about whether that plane on a conveyor belt would be able to take off. I KNEW that one. Ok?
I had it nailed too. Great days.
hot snow falls up! birds have teeth! Halifax adverts bring world peace!
And yet we use these things every day...
Basically, let's say you've got a t-shirt with a band name on it. For this exercise it's an S Club 7 t-shirt. Now, the S is somewhere underneath your right nipple when you put the shirt on. Look in the mirror, it's still under your right nipple. The image hasn't been flipped. That's where the confusion is :)
I can barely bring myself to watch but yet I'm somehow transfixed.
and you are smart for asking it
it is because the image isn't flipped left-to-right, it's flipped in the plan normal to the surface of the mirror
I *am* smart.
lol at the universe
Got some good discussions going as well.
i wont tho.
try hanging your mirrors upside down.
clearly showing themselves to be utter momos.
This is an incredibly good question.
I need an S Club 7 T-Shirt to do some science tonight. Do they still even make S-Club 7 t-shirts? Would a Saturdays one do?
It was the first slightly amusing band name that popped into my head.
I think this says more about me than it does you, to be honest. Was genuinely trying to explain it to you. Reading back, it's come across all wrong, like a nursery teacher explaining something to a toddler. Unintended.
It's the Brian Cox style of science teaching. Using fruit to explain electrons. That's what I was doing. Definitely.
Will a Saturdays one do?
If it's not an S, it may be difficult to tell if the image is flipped. If it was a letter T, for example, it would look the same either way.
worked pretty well
I bet the buh-ers can't explain the reason for it properly.
that images fed into your eye are upside down and your brain puts them back the right way up. Something to do with that maybe.
no one can comprehend what that might do and why.
imagine all the hilarious backwards words you could write!
What does that sign say?
I don't know!
try writing upside down and maybe i'll get it
and still haven't become accustomed to the mirrors - I keep catching a glimpse of myself and jumping because I think someone's walking towards me. Kind of like being a big budgie
As soon as I see movement I drop to the floor to curl up in a ball and plead for my life. Half an hour later when I realise what's happened again my eyes are so red from crying that I couldn't see anyway
I've never even seen you. That almost makes this image more enjoyable.
and for that matter, the entire southern hemisphere?
(at the equinoxes at midday/night naturally)
or at variable points (between the tropic of cancer and the tropic of capricorn) and times throughout the rest of the year
all mirrors explode
I think they like looking at themselves. Maybe I'm not like a budgie. More like one of those jumpy breed of gibbon
maybe all the mirrors in your house are hung upside down, turn them round and try again
the house has been built upside down
How do we know that the colour of a mirror is silver?
are you serious?
Who ever said a mirror WAS silver, anyway?
(dont worry about which way round it is)
that bit's brown, there's some flesh-coloured tones in there, some red. I guess it's not uniform.
it's just ... shiny.
Gold is yellow shiny.
Copper is brown shiny.
yellow: not a colour
he wouldnt let it be used. we had to use prussian blue instead. when i got to art college, i was told that he was mental and that of course black was a colour. as was silver. one of my tutors did wear yellow jeans though so...
he once looked at all my scrap paper on the floor and described the mess as 'brilliant'.
i didnt last the distance.
and seeing as yellow's not a colour, i suspect your art teacher's jeans were white.
they were yellow and nothing you can say is going to change my mind.
they were yellow.
i'm not going to actually go and do that, meths. That would mean admitting that there's a possibility that a mirror, something that reflects things, is one colour.
You're not actually...you can't...
are you serious?
me believing that meths is being serious? or that a mirror's not silver? Too many people are being clever in this thread,it's all going to hell.
interesting take on things...
rather than intelligent
you know that
I'm enjoying not being the confused one, though.
neither are blue or green, pink, or yellow.
or pink, red or orange.
here we go.
Here we go.
I can't post what I was going to post now. It'd be too ironic.
Would read again
My boss just walked past my room and did a double take, popped his head in and said 'are you ok'. I said, 'yes, I'm looking at this spoon. Im looking at my face to see if it will go upside down.' he said 'what can you see?!' I said 'cottage cheese'.
It's not working, I should be upside down. what's wrong with my spoon?
No good science gonna come outta that.
and I'm not upisde down :''(
I promise i've not been drinking.
based on the copious shite discussed above, what exactly constitutes a colour? how is yellow not a colour? what is it if it's not a colour?
ignore anyone that says it isnt.
By Coldplay. Something about his mother having jaundice.
it depends entirely upon what the culture/language is.
In a culture with only two terms, the two terms would mean roughly 'dark' (covering black, dark colors and cold colors such as blue) and 'bright' (covering white, light colors and warm colors such as red).
All languages with three colors terms would add red to this distinction. Thus, the three most basic colors are black, white, and red.
Additional color terms are added in a fixed order as a language evolves: first one of green or yellow; then the other of green or yellow; then blue.
All languages distinguishing six colors contain terms for black, white, red, green, yellow, and blue.
As languages develop, they next adopt a term for brown; then terms for orange, pink, purple and/or gray, in any order. Finally, a basic term for light blue appears.
...and other stuff found in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_name like the following examples...
The Chinese character pronounced 'qing' in Mandarin (and 'ao' in Japanese) has a meaning that covers both blue and green. In Japan, although the traffic lights have the same colors that other countries' have, the green light is described using the same word as for blue.
Whereas Russian makes a distinction between sinii and goluboi, which English speakers would simply call dark and light blue. To Russian speakers, sinii and goluboi are as separate as red and pink or orange and brown.
Hungarian and Turkish have two words for "red".
How can something that cannot be described be said to exist?
[And this is where I crumble cos can't bear to prop up such a ropey line of philosophy.]
Blue is down in the 400nm wavelength range. Red is more like 700nm. Green is around 500nm. Yellow is probably around 630nm.
I'm not gonna dispute that light at certain wavelengths exists. So I agree with what you're saying, but I'm not sure of the relevance.
violet - approximately 380–450 nm
indigo - about 420-450 nm
blue - roughly 440–490 nm
green - roughly 520–570 nm
yellow - 570–590 nm
orange - about 585–620 nm
red - roughly 630–740 nm
Note the gaps and overlaps. And discrepancies with your figures. And the fact that the very legitimacy of the term indigo is question. Hence terms like "roughly", "down in the [x] range", "more like [x]", "is around [x]", "probably around [x]". The naming of colours is entirely upon what the culture/language is. As mentioned, some cultures have ONE word for blue AND green. Some have two for red etc. Some only had/have all-encompasing words for 'light' and 'dark'.
The whole [x] is not a colour thing was purely a flippant follow up in response to the debate about whether silver is a colour. It's easy to scoff at the idea of a mirror being labelled as silver, but, on one level, bearing in mind the level this thread is operating on, it's valid to say that a mirror is silver.
Silver can be accepted as a colour even though there's no wavelength range for it. Colour names are a linguistic construct and separate from the object. And I guess that's why we have Hex codes, RGB, HSV, and Pantone.
All very tl;dr, obviously. But I think the underlying stuff is pretty interesting. Which is why I agree that the OP mirror question is a good one. Much better to try and understand the answer than to scoff at something that sounds silly on the surface (but secretly not know wtf is going). SCIENCE!
Who's the biggest virgin of them all?
was delivered by asking a mirror a question like a princess in a Disney film
*WHAT does this mean??
then it got changed to pwn, for no other reason, allegedly, than 'because n00bs' won't know what that means.
I can see the cans of worms opening everywhere are going to drown us all.
I reckon he's in there
but if someone can prove to me blue isn't a colour, I'll happily get a life-sized version of Noel Edmond's face tattooed onto my own face
Think about it.
officially, this is it. christ, you've done it, you bloody bastards. you've finally gone and done it.
But maybe we'll leave it there for the day.
i havent got time anyway.
Science: it works, bitches!
*whatever that means. I'll ask Lucien.
that takes the shine off it
so are mirrors silver or not? Im not sure what I think any more
Would it be able to take off?
and white the presence of all colour?
and then this thread. THIS FUCKING THREAD.
I will be banning all mirrors from the stag do.
but it ain't that kinda party.
Or has hofo just asked for a couple of his posts to get the chop?
can someone explain to me how this thread about mirrors became a thread about colours?
If you recite the Lords prayer backwards into the mirror tonight, when the devil appears will he be the upside-down devil, the backwards devil or the devil incarnate?