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Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear

Controversy: child pornography or sex abuse of a child? Background: This album cover for Nirvana was shot in a pool. And many decades later the subject is suing for monetary compensation for child abuse. See the penis? It’s magnified – because water does that. Objects appear larger:

Objects in water appear larger than objects in the air. … The index of refraction for water is 1.33. This larger index of refraction for water means that the angle the rays of light reach your eyes is larger in water than the angle would be in the air.

Sorry, dude, your dick wasn’t/ain’t that big.

You just can’t be too careful. Anything can be misconstrued. Innocent/guilty? I would prefer not to have a court involved. You, the reader, can judge for yourself, here. Guilty or innocent? Was the point of the photo on the “cover” to depict and infant penis? Me? (I don’t think that was the case, but…) There but for the grace of …

Example: My daughter had a “sleepover.” … four or five little girls about 7 or 8 years old. Katherine got up around midnight while I was banging around on my computer upstairs. She told me she could not sleep; I gave her a glass of milk. Asking her what else she did at home, she responded that her father got in bed with her to hold her. As I was headed to do the same – lightbulb! warning! – I veered into my bedroom and roused my wife awake; you gotta go put Katherine back to bed. And, to be sure, I made it a point to tell her parents that Katherine had had trouble sleeping. Nope! This egg did not fall from a tall chicken. My point? I just wanted to clarify that objects in water appear larger.

“The road to hell is paved with good intentions”, was first published in Henry G. Bohn’s A Hand-book of Proverbs in 1855

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