This blog entry is about two totally unrelated items that have both affected my life in a very miniscule way recently.
The first is red eye in photos. Red eye in photographs affects my life in that it has never affected my life. It’s one of those strange phenomenons — like getting jury duty or getting a ticket for parking illegally — that seems to happen to everyone else, but never to me. Call it good luck, but I decided to dig a little deeper yesterday, upon seeing a photo of my eyes looking perfectly blue while a few of my friends had that freaky red glow in their eyes.
Some web sites say that the lighter the eye color, the more likely you are to have red eye in photos. This can’t be true. Almost every person with dark eyes I have photographed has had red eye at one time or another. All the while, my blue eyes have never — I mean NEVER — had red eye in a photo. Alas, here is the best explanation for red eye that I found:
“Because the light of the flash occurs too fast for the pupil to close, much of the very bright light from the flash passes into the eye through the pupil, reflects off the fundus at the back of the eyeball (see diagram in Eye), and out through the pupil. The camera records this reflected light. The fact that the reflected light is red often is attributed to the ample blood supply of the retina and/or chorium, but this is incorrect. The red-eye effect is due to the color of the fundus, which is due to melanin, a pigment, principally located in the retinal pigment epithelium.”
OK, so I guess my fundus is fun”dunctioning” properly. LOL.
On to the other food for thought item of today: Clif Bars. Now don’t get me wrong; I love Clif Bars! They are a delicious, nutritious snack, especially when I am carb-loading before a big run. But the last two times I’ve gone to Kroger, the voice at the automatic check out has told me, “Please check the bottom of your receipt for an important message.”
Freaky. Those machines have minds of their own. So I check my receipt, which prints out about 52 miles worth of paper. The receipt includes a list of items that I may have purchased that have been recalled. “The product may be contaminated with SALMONELLA and if eaten, could result in severe illness to those individuals who consume this product. DO NOT CONSUME!”
I look at the long list of products, which includes Clif bars and Luna bars. You can view the whole list of recalled Clif Bars and Luna bars here.
Fantastic! I’ve eaten like 5 of the bars on the list in the last month. But I figure that I’m still alive and not deathly ill, so I guess I didn’t get salmonella poisoning. Thank God — I avoid both red eye and salmonella!