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Mar 11, 2021 11:25:19   #
rmalarz Loc: Tempe, Arizona
 
This was on a news site wherein links are provided to various news stories.

"Crystal Ball Sitting In Window Reflects Sunlight Onto Couch, Causes Major House Fire..."

Anyone catch something amiss?
--Bob

Mar 11, 2021 11:31:56   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA
 
Reflects.......

Mar 11, 2021 11:33:19   #
rmalarz Loc: Tempe, Arizona
 

--Bob
Longshadow wrote:
Reflects.......

 
 
Mar 11, 2021 11:34:52   #
Gasman57 Loc: NYC
 
Magnifying glass effect?

Mar 11, 2021 11:37:15   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA
 
Gasman57 wrote:
Magnifying glass effect?

Basically.

Mar 11, 2021 11:39:13   #
Reuss Griffiths Loc: Ravenna, Ohio
 
Just like telescopes, there's reflectors and refractors.

Mar 11, 2021 11:45:36   #
raypep
 
I don’t

What is wrong about “reflects”

 
 
Mar 11, 2021 11:51:55   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA
 
raypep wrote:
I don’t

What is wrong about “reflects”


"Reflects" bounces off,
"Refracts" goes through,
Basically it acted like a magnifying glass.
Light doesn't reflect off of a magnifying glass, it goes through it.

A reflecting telescope has a mirror in it (reflects the light), but the viewing optics are refracting lenses.

Mar 11, 2021 13:11:16   #
UTMike Loc: South Jordan, UT
 
But the headline "reflects" the usual competence of those who purport to bring us "news", Bob.

Mar 11, 2021 13:38:39   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA
 
UTMike wrote:
But the headline "reflects" the usual competence of those who purport to bring us "news", Bob.

Sadly.......

Mar 11, 2021 13:53:36   #
raypep
 
Thanks for the clear explanation.

Much appreciated.

 
 
Mar 11, 2021 14:36:27   #
rmalarz Loc: Tempe, Arizona
 
You got that right.
--Bob
UTMike wrote:
But the headline "reflects" the usual competence of those who purport to bring us "news", Bob.

Mar 11, 2021 23:12:08   #
Ourspolair
 
The Sun angle must have been very odd for that to be even vaguely possible... Most couches are backed against walls. Even if it was backed against a window, the window frame would have obstructed the sunlight for a significant portion of the day. I think "reflect" is the least problematic element of this story...

Mar 12, 2021 06:55:13   #
dregl3
 
Here’s another take. If it’s a crystal ball aren’t you supposed to be able to look into it and see the future? So why didn’t the owner do that, and prevent a fire?

Mar 12, 2021 08:53:43   #
Scruples Loc: Brooklyn, New York
 
rmalarz wrote:
This was on a news site wherein links are provided to various news stories.

"Crystal Ball Sitting In Window Reflects Sunlight Onto Couch, Causes Major House Fire..."

Anyone catch something amiss?
--Bob


The word “reflects” is used incorrectly. My high school English teacher would slap the person writing the article. The correct word is “focuses” or “concentrates.”

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