Well, you'll never believe this! "Open Mike" is a day late. That never happens.
Here are a few more things you might find it hard to believe. These things are as improbable as Ronald MacDonald getting arrested for robbing a Wendy's!
• In the future, lenses might be flat. No, not flat like a fresnel. Flat as a piece of paper.
• Department of Advice Most of Us Don't Need: "Definitely do not spend your money thinking asteroids are coming." That's a quote from a fellow who, with his wife, squandered their entire $10 million fortune in anticipation of the Mayan apocalypse in 2012.
• Sony will be soon be developing a 150-megapixel camera sensor. All right then, that one's a bit rote. You'd never fall for a fake story that's as obvious as this, right?
• "Froot Loops," the kids' breakfast cereal, are all different colors, but all exactly the same flavor.
• A photography blogger has been named to a high-level post at Hasselblad!
• Unhappy with declining profits, Panasonic is scaling back its camera divisions.
Okay, okay. For the real stories, click past the break.
- Lenses might be flat: Er, this one's true. Applied Engineering laboratories from Caltech to Harvard have been reporting on their work with lenses made of metasurfaces, which use silicon nanoposts to bend light like traditional lenses do.
- True as well. Spencer Pratt and his wife Heidi Montag—they're both actors—ran through their entire fortune, alleged to be more than $10 million (but probably considerably less), because they believed in predictions of the Mayan apocalypse, and they wanted to enjoy their money before the world ended. Or so they claimed—it's possible they were having money problems because of profligate spending and just invented a good story as an excuse. One hopes it is true, though, and, if it is, one devoutly hopes the pair are still poor today, as in a just Universe they would certainly remain.
- Sensing a theme? The 150-megapixel camera sensor story is true also.
- True. Just like M&Ms.
- Ming Thein announced last Wednesday that he has been named Chief of Strategy for Hasselblad.
- The photo is not Photoshopped, nor is it an optical illusion. The right arm of Matthias Schlitte, the German arm wrestling champion, really is much larger than his left arm. Having a large arm on a regular-sized body allows him to dominate his weight class.
- The last is, sadly, true, although we don't know the extent—or the effect—of the changes. DPReview has summarized what is known.
Oh, and one more thing: in 2005, a 22-year-old man named Ronald MacDonald—no affiliation with McDonalds, and not wearing a clown suit, but apparently possessed of a rich sense of irony all the same—was arrested in Manchester, New Hampshire, for stealing money from a safe at the Wendy's where he worked.
Still and all, it is April Fool's Day—so be careful out there. ;-)
Have a nice weekend. See you safe and sound on Monday.
(Thanks to Kevin Purcell and several others)
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