Springfield, MO – Due to the high heat, a mirage warning has been issued to people who plan to attend the first Friday Art Walk this week. Downtown employees have reported seeing strange things all week and the illusions are expected to continue through the weekend.
“I saw an oasis spring of Springfield Brew Co’s Paul’s Pale Ale yesterday…I ran to it and jumped in, only to smack my face against the asphalt behind the Landers Theatre. I was disappointed to say the least,” said Jeffrey Timlion, who works at a nearby restaurant.
A mirage is a naturally occurring optical phenomenon in which light rays are bent to produce a displaced image of distant object. Other mirages reported downtown include sightings of the Tumbler on the Square rotating, preppie kids hanging out at the square, and a fully restored Heer’s Building with a bustling restaurant on the top floor.
In contrast to a hallucination, a mirage is a real optical phenomenon which can be captured on camera, since light rays actually are refracted to form the false image at the observer’s location. From my seat inside Hammons Field, I actually saw John Q. Hammons parachuting into the stadium with a huge flag attached to him. Turns out it was just a red-tailed hawk that wouldn’t leave the stadium but man, I thought it was real,” said Michael Sixerrow.
Art Walk attendees are encouraged to touch and lick artwork to ensure what they are seeing and purchasing are real pieces of work and not tricks upon the retina.
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