I think I'll go for a walk outside now, The summer sun's callin' my name.
(I hear ya now)
I just can't stay inside all day, I gotta get out, get me some of those rays.
And while you're outside in the summer sun, just remember to.....Keep on, keep on, keep on, keep on, dancin' all through the night!
That's right, not one, but TWO Brady Bunch songs for you today. Doesn't that make you feel special? Well, it shouldn't. The Brady Bunch was a horrible show. Mike never did anything with the kids. He was either at work, or working in his office. (or banging Carol).
Carol didn't work. She was a stay-home mom who never seemed to be around. And, if Carol was home all day, why did Alice have to do all the cooking and cleaning? And shopping. Although, she did seem to linger around the butcher shop a lot.....
And those kids. Don't get me started on those kids. Greg was a douche, Marcia was that vain slut who never put out, Peter was a dork, unsure if he should be a douche like his big brother, or a member of the Village People. Jan was just as vain as Marcia, but not as pretty, so she tried too hard. (Jan would have ended up a single mom in high school with a crank problem). Bobby needed a copy of Playboy. With that one magazine, we would never have had to see him again. And Cindy.....I'm not normally a violent person, and I abhor violence against children, but a sock stuffed in her mouth, covered in duct tape, with a few cement blocks chained to her ankled and a quick toss into a river sure would have been satisfying.
Don't get me wrong, when I was 7, I watched The Brady Bunch. I laughed at it, too. But, it was never one of my favorites. But it was on right before Gilligan. And it was that, or Little House on the Prairie. No way was I watching that sappy crap!
Anyway, moving right along, let's get to todays subject. The Sun. Or, more specifically, the shape of the sun.
As we all know, the sun is that bright yellow-orange disk in the sky that people always tell us not to look directly at. And for good reason. You will see spots for a few minutes if you do. Because the sun is so bright, it temporarily burns an image on your retinas. And if you stare too long, you'll probably break down and cry. Woah-oah0oahhh sweet child of mine.....
As I was saying, we all know from glancing at the sun, that it's round. Or, is it?
Go back and look at the picture I posted at the beginning of the article. See the sun? That's not round, is it? And, no. That picture isn't photoshopped. The sun is actually square. In that picture.
So, what's going on? It's called an optical illusion. See, the sun isn't really square. It only looks like it is, sometimes. Certain conditions in the atmosphere work like the lens of a camera, making what we see appear like it's being processed through a filter, or some sort of editing program. Even though it's not.
Another common illusion is the rising moon, or setting sun. Both will appear larger near the horizon then they do high up in the sky. But if you measure them, you'll find they're the same size. The only difference is, at the horizon, you have a scale for reference.
While a square sun can occur anywhere the conditions are right, it most frequently happens in the arctic. If you don't feel like taking an extended trip to freeze-your-ass-off land, the picture I provided was taken from Long Island. But a square sun is very rare.
Cool though, right?