March 14, 2010

While You Wait for a Building to Materialize

(A construction site in Roppongi.)

An "under construction" notice that doubles as an eye test: Stand six meters away from the sign, cover one eye, and see if you can read "We are sorry to inconvenience you during construction." in ever-smaller letters.

If you can read the smallest print, you have 1.0 vision (In Japan, eyesight is graded on a scale from 0=bad to 2.0=very good). However, since it's pretty easy to guess what the letters are going to be, you can cheat and convince yourself you don't need glasses.

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