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Tell me what I am

A snake and a rabbit were racing along a pair of intersecting forest pathways one day, when they collided at the intersection. They immediately began to argue with one another as to who was at fault for the mishap. When the snake remarked that he had been blind since birth, and thus should be given additional leeway, the rabbit said that he, too, had been blind since birth. The two animals then forgot about the collision and began commiserating concerning the problems of being blind. The snake said that his greatest regret was the loss of his identity. He had never been able to see his reflection in the water, and for that reason did not know exactly what he looked like, or even what he was. The rabbit declared that he had the same problem. Seeing a way that they could help each other, the rabbit proposed that one feel the other from head to toe, and then try to describe what the other animal was. The snake agreed, and started by winding himself around the rabbit. After a few moments, he announced, "You've got very soft, fuzzy fur, long ears, big rear feet, and a little fuzzy ball for a tail. I think that you must be a bunny rabbit!" The rabbit was much relieved to find his identity, and proceeded to return the favor to the snake. After feeling about the snake's body for a few minutes, he asserted, "Well, you're scaly, you're slimy, you've got beady little...
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Did you know?

On average, you blink 15 000 times a day. Women blink twice as much as men. A process NASA developed while refining helmet visors for astronauts led to scratch-resistant lenses for eyeglasses and sunglasses. We can see up to 500 different shades of any colour, even grey. If you count them all up, you'll get to over 10 million colours! Women generally have better night vision than men – but are still more likely to give up night driving, while men will just use brighter lights. The retina contains 120 million rods for "night vision", and 8 million cones that are colour sensitive and work best under daylight conditions?
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Hook, Line and Sinker

A pirate walks into a bar and the bartender says, "Hey, I haven't seen you in a while. What happened, you don't look so good!" "What do you mean?" the pirate replies, "I'm fine." The bartender says, "Well, to start off, what about that wooden leg? You didn't have that before." "Well," says the pirate, "We were in a battle at sea and a cannon ball hit my leg but the surgeon fixed me up, and I'm fine, really." "Ok," says the bartender, "But what about that hook? Last time I saw you, you had both hands." "Well," says the pirate, "We were in another battle and we boarded the enemy ship. I was in a sword fight and my hand was cut off but the surgeon fixed me up with this hook, and I feel great, really." "Oh," says the bartender, "What about that eye patch? Last time you were in here you had both eyes." "Well," says the pirate, "One day when we were at sea, some birds were flying over the ship. I looked up, and one of them made a deposit in my eye." "So?" replied the bartender, "what happened? You couldn't have lost an eye just from some bird dropping!" "Well," says the pirate, "I really wasn't used to the hook yet."
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On the lighter side! - Lost Contact Lens

The teenager lost a contact lens while playing soccer in his driveway. After a fruitless search, he went inside and told his mother the lens was nowhere to be found. Undaunted, she went outside, and in a few minutes, she returned with the lens in her hand. “How did you manage to find it, Mom?” the teenager asked. “We weren’t looking for the same thing,” she replied. “You were looking for a small piece of plastic. I was looking for R1,000.” Progressive Lenses A man went to an eye specialist to get his eyes tested and asked, "Doctor, will I be able to read after wearing glasses?" "Yes, of course," said the doctor, "why not!" "Oh! How nice it would be," said the patient with joy, "I have been illiterate for so long."
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Who invented Sunglasses?

Around the year 1752, eyeglass designer James Ayscough introduced his spectacles with double-hinged side pieces. The lenses were made of tinted glass as well as clear. Ayscough felt that white glass created an offensive glaring light that was bad for the eyes. He advised the use of green and blue glasses. Although Ayscough glasses were the first tinted eyeglasses, they were not made to shield the eyes from the sun. They corrected vision problems. It wasn’t until 1929 when a young innovator, Sam Foster, convinced the Woolworth's store on the Atlantic City Boardwalk to sell his new brand of sunglasses - FosterGrant. They became an instant sensation in the 1930's when worn by the era's most popular movie stars. We all have Sam Foster to thank for making something like eye protection from UVA and UVB rays look so cool and hip!
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On the lighter side! - My Way

The old man was a witness in a burglary trial. The defense lawyer asked Sam, "Did you see my client commit this burglary?" "Yes," said Sam, "I plainly saw him take the goods." The lawyer asked again, "Sam, this happened at night. Are you sure you saw my client commit this crime?" "Yes," said Sam, "I saw him do it." Then the lawyer asked, "Sam, listen: you are 80 years old and your eyesight probably is not so good. Just how far can you see at night?" Sam replied, "Well, I can see the moon -- how far is that?"
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On the lighter side! - One or Two?

Pete had lived a long life, which was drawing to its end. As his family surrounded him on his deathbed, he asked to see his optometrist. "Optometrist?" they asked. "Why in the world do you want to see your optometrist?" "Just get him for me." So they go get Dr. Kaplan, who, on seeing Pete about to depart this life, asked, "Pete, it pains me to see you like this. What can I possibly do for you?" Pete opened his eyes slightly and said, "Doc, before I go, there's one thing I have to know. Which one was clearer - One or Two?"
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On the lighter side! - Perfect Eyesight

Arthur is 90 years old. He's played golf every day since his retirement 25 years ago. One day he arrives home looking downcast. "That's it," he tells his wife. "I'm giving up golf. My eyesight has become so bad that once I hit the ball I couldn't see where it went." His wife sympathises and makes him a cup of tea. As they sit down she says, "Why don't you take my brother with you and give it one more try." "That's no good" sighs Arthur, "your brother's a hundred and three. He can't help." "He may be a hundred and three", says the wife, "but his eyesight is perfect." So the next day Arthur heads off to the golf course with his brother-in-law. He tees up, takes a mighty swing and squints down the fairway. He turns to the brother-in-law and says, "Did you see the ball?" "Of course I did!" replied the brother-in-law. "I have perfect eyesight". "Where did it go?" says Arthur. "I don't remember."
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