i'm fairly certain i'm a mantis shrimp.
at the very least, a butterfly.
I AM CERTAINLY NO DOG.
while ruggy was away and i was in contractoroona mode, i threw on several of the latest radiolab podcasts. especially fascinating was the episode on color. PEEPS. did you know there are colors around us that we can't even grasp? the little guy above sees waaaaay more color than we'll ever see. long story short (and probably incorrectly summarized, sewing scientists please feel free to jump in): we have three cones in our peepers, receptors which give us our seven colored rainbow and the hues in between: ROYGBIV (red orange yellow green blue indigo violet). this guy has sixteen color receptors, which gives him, like, an eighty two thousand colored rainbow. that's totally a fact.
suffice it to say he sees more color than we do. so do butterflies. dogs, however, get the short end of the stick.
but wait! apparently, there are some people out there, of the female persuasion, that due to ye olde family tree, have FOUR cones instead of the standard human three. equation: one handed down colorblind cone + three regular cones = tetrachromat. and y'all. they see more colors. I AM SO A TETRACHROMAT, YO!!!! as the podcast chugged along, i hollered this realization out loud to no one in particular. even the cats were hiding in the bedroom far from my hammering tools.
ruggy has held forever that i am partially colorblind. my girl carolyn calls me out on a regular basis. MAIS NON. it's just that i see MORE colors than the everyday eye! is this not the most logical explanation to my penchant for print and color?!? isn't this why everyone at mood saw red when i saw a deep pink with a little red IN it?!!!!!!!!? I. AM. A. SUPERHERO.
i may just make myself a cape.