Sunday, October 19, 2008

Needles in Haystacks


I’m sure everyone has heard the expression, “Harder than finding a needle in a hay stack.” And I’m sure that most people equate it with the difficulty of finding one small object amongst a lot of stuff, but the problem of finding a needle in a hay stack becomes even more difficult when you look at a hay stack in the light. The blades of hay are often shinny and reflect light the same way a needle would. I’ve been fooled before by seeing something glistening in the hay only to find it was a reflection from a smooth blade. The reflection often looks like a needle. So if you were to search for a needle in a hay stack you would spend most of your time being fooled by light. That is unless you came armed with a really good magnet.

10 Comments:

Blogger darev2005 said...

For some reason I've spent most of my life looking for things. Nothing in particular, mostly, just keeping my eyes open. Found some good stuff that way. But I can't think of how many times I've picked something off the ground or even stopped by the side of the road for a shiny piece of metal of an empty shoebox. Come to think of it... I don't think I have ever actually personally seen a haystack! That's odd......

6:56 AM  
Blogger Trish said...

The trick is to look for something else - that's when the needle will appear.

8:03 AM  
Blogger Uncle Walt said...

Believe it or not ... Mythbusters actually did a show about finding a needle in a haystack. They even built a couple "sorting" machines to find the needle.

Good ol' American ingenuity at work. If a needle in a haystack needs to be found, someone will devise a way to find it. LOL

9:17 AM  
Blogger dalia said...

ok, this post is relegated to the "what on earth runs through guy's mind?" section!

and just this morning, i was wondering how you come up with something to write about, like, every day! :)

10:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Back in my married years my wife was helping me do the morning feeding down in the sheds and pens where the lots of ewes and lambs were..there was a lot of area and a lot of straw and fresh feed everywhere-when she said that somewhere along the line her gold wedding ring slipped off her finger we were horrified and saddend but determined to search as long as it took. Oddly enough it didnt take that long until I spotted it and put it back where it belonged.

11:50 AM  
Anonymous g said...

magnets.

12:39 PM  
Blogger darev2005 said...

And how in the world did you find a picture of a needle in a haystack, of all things? All right... find me a picture of a snorkel on a trout.

7:00 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Darev, No, it's not odd. Hay is cut and rowed and then baled. The closest thing to a hay stack these days is when someone opens a round bale.

Trish, your Zen is showing.

Walt, what? You couldn't spin your comment into something political? You're slipping.

Dalia, think of all the wild ass things you think about every day. Just pick one thought and write about it. That's how I come up with my topics.

Anon, very nice ending, but doesn't it tempt you to get a metal detector for those that are less fortunate?

g, Are you skimming again? I mentioned magnets, but a metal detector would be much better in the event it were made from a metal other than iron.

Darev, I'll see what I can find for you. And this photo was very staged/ It is a needle carefully placed in some straw. But is was close enough to the image I wanted.

5:24 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Darev, this is as close as I could get for your request
Snorkel Fish

7:44 AM  
Anonymous g said...

er, uh, sorry. yes, i was browsing.

6:58 PM  

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