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Did You See It?

I don’t want to give this away by talking about it before you’ve had a chance to see it. Just watch it and when you’re done, click the “continue reading” link below. 🙂

This phenomenon is known as “change blindness” – only a tiny fraction of all the information going into your brain enters your consciousness. People often fail to see a change in their surroundings because their attention is elsewhere.

Even stranger, if you are concentrating on something, you can become blind to other events that you would normally notice. This “inattention blindness” is possibly the reason why motorists collide with cyclists.

Just as it is important for road users to keep an eye out for cyclists, cyclists must also take steps to ensure they are seen by motorists.

When I first saw this, I laughed out loud. Which brought Kevin over to see what the commotion was about. And when he saw it, he laughed so hard he had to wipe his eyes, which made me laugh all the harder because it totally sucked him in. This, in turn, prompted the boys to come see what was going on and after they watched it, they hooped with laughter and that got me and Kevin started again.

I’m telling you, we LOVED this commercial.

I love sharing family laugh moments like that. 😀

I can’t help but wonder though, if perhaps this is what happens to people who drive while talking on cell phones. They are so focused on their conversations that driving becomes a blur – sort of like driving one of those fake cars in an arcade gaming place – you know you’re driving, but it just doesn’t SEEM real.

At any rate, this is a good lesson to all of us that we need to pay closer attention to everything that’s going on around us.