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4,442 hits 2.5 (2 votes) Share Favorite | Flag 8 years ago by glennh70

If I drop a contact lens is it statistically possible to land anywhere in the world?


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8 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 9/11/11 - 7:02:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
What?
8 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 9/11/11 - 7:31:27 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think what you're asking is "if you you drop a contact lense would it be physically possible for something like the wind to carry it to any other location in the world. I would have to say "no" because in order for it to get to say, China, it would need to be swept uo high enough and fast enough that it would be destroyed in transit.
8 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 9/11/11 - 7:50:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't know about that Kepi because as long as there is enough moisture the contact lens could be borne away on a wind current.

Only problem would be in certain desert locations the lens woul dry up and become a tiny clump of silicone (or whatever it is) and lose a lot of resistance to falling.

So I'd say that it couldn't land literally anywhere, South of Quazerzate in Morroco and North of Timbuktu would be highly unlikely.
8 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 9/11/11 - 7:58:09 PM EST (GMT-5)
I was more thinking about the likelyhood of it encountering hail or rain striking the lens in transit at a high rate od speed, which if it's traveling across the ocean is so likely I'd think it inevitable that such a thing would occur at some point in in the trip.
8 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 9/11/11 - 9:01:30 PM EST (GMT-5)
As far as I can tell, there's no specification that the lens need be intact or still useable after landing.

I'd think a dry lens would be much lighter and, so long as it didn't fold or clump, more likely to be carried by the wind.

8 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 9/11/11 - 9:06:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
If that's the case, though, pulverizing it on the atomic level would mean that it can go everywhere, but that just strikes me as insincere to continue to call it a contact lens if it can no longer serve the function effectively.
8 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 9/11/11 - 9:09:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
There is the possibility that it is still in your eye AND anywhere in the world.
8 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 9/11/11 - 9:16:22 PM EST (GMT-5)
Gross, dude.
8 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 9/11/11 - 9:21:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Sunday 9/11/11 - 9:16:22 PM Kepi wrote:
Gross, dude.

Tell it to to Schrodinger.
8 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 9/11/11 - 9:23:07 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'M not talking to that man ever again. Not after that crap his cat pulled.
8 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 9/11/11 - 9:44:13 PM EST (GMT-5)
Of course! You didn't specify where you were when you dropped it. You could have been anywhere, so it could land anywhere.

8 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 9/12/11 - 2:41:10 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Sunday 9/11/11 - 9:01:30 PM catchall wrote:
As far as I can tell, there's no specification that the lens need be intact or still useable after landing. I'd think a dry lens would be much lighter and, so long as it didn't fold or clump, more likely to be carried by the wind.


A dry lens becomes a shrivelled raisin of a thing,
8 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 9/12/11 - 6:01:56 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Sunday 9/11/11 - 9:44:13 PM aldod wrote:
Of course! You didn't specify where you were when you dropped it. You could have been anywhere, so it could land anywhere.
I was going to say the same thing. It's statistically possible to drop a contact lens anywhere in the world.
8 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 9/12/11 - 6:05:18 AM EST (GMT-5)
That isn't what he said.
8 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 9/12/11 - 7:17:53 AM EST (GMT-5)
I rephrased it so I wasn't just saying "I agree."
8 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 9/12/11 - 8:12:08 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Sunday 9/11/11 - 9:01:30 PM catchall wrote:
As far as I can tell, there's no specification that the lens need be intact or still useable after landing. I'd think a dry lens would be much lighter and, so long as it didn't fold or clump, more likely to be carried by the wind.
On Monday 9/12/11 - 2:41:10 AM Boredofu wrote:
A dry lens becomes a shrivelled raisin of a thing,


But, much lighter than when wet.
8 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 9/12/11 - 8:13:34 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Sunday 9/11/11 - 9:06:29 PM Kepi wrote:
If that's the case, though, pulverizing it on the atomic level would mean that it can go everywhere, but that just strikes me as insincere to continue to call it a contact lens if it can no longer serve the function effectively.


Is it insincere to continue calling a tire a tire if it has a irreparable flat?
8 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 9/12/11 - 8:56:06 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Sunday 9/11/11 - 9:01:30 PM catchall wrote:
As far as I can tell, there's no specification that the lens need be intact or still useable after landing. I'd think a dry lens would be much lighter and, so long as it didn't fold or clump, more likely to be carried by the wind.
On Monday 9/12/11 - 2:41:10 AM Boredofu wrote:
A dry lens becomes a shrivelled raisin of a thing,
On Monday 9/12/11 - 8:12:08 AM catchall wrote:
But, much lighter than when wet.



Less surface area. But it's technical because a lens dries up very quickly. It would have to be in a tropical rain forest type humidty not to.
8 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 9/12/11 - 9:07:40 AM EST (GMT-5)
it couldnt land in the ocean deep cus the pressure would disintegrate it
8 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Monday 9/12/11 - 10:06:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
In reality it could land anywhere in the world, of course depending on where you are when you are taking it out. You cant let it fall out then it land in another country no, but whatever you drop it can land anywhere in the world... if you are there with it of course. But statistically ? How does that word even come into play at all ?
8 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 9/22/11 - 2:33:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'm not asking is it likely that I could drop it in England and it would land on the top of Mt Everest- I'm asking if you think the chances are 0% or slightly higher and why. The word 'statistically' was to support that detail.
8 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Thursday 9/22/11 - 2:38:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Sunday 9/11/11 - 9:06:29 PM Kepi wrote:
If that's the case, though, pulverizing it on the atomic level would mean that it can go everywhere, but that just strikes me as insincere to continue to call it a contact lens if it can no longer serve the function effectively.
On Monday 9/12/11 - 8:13:34 AM catchall wrote:
Is it insincere to continue calling a tire a tire if it has a irreparable flat?

It would be insincere to sell it as a tire, but I think it would still be appropriate in the context of "my tire is flat." That something would cease to be recognizable as its former form seems to be a separate issue to me than the one of the question asks.
8 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 2/10/12 - 11:42:40 AM EST (GMT-5)
Not really, no?
8 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 2/10/12 - 12:05:08 PM EST (GMT-5)
Tyre.




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