Something I Don’t Get…

Okay, so I’ve been working among humans for a while now and though I’m getting used to your people’s habits, there are still several things that humans do that confuse me. I’ve tried asking History Geek about them and he just shrugs and says “People are crazywierd.” Not that I think he has much room to speak considering that he’s currently listening to The Oohlas album for the billionth time.

So many of you out there like to take photos. You’ll take pictures of landmarks. You’ll take pictures of monuments. You’ll take pictures of landscapes, the sky, other people, animals. But 99.999999999999999% of you flip out at the thought of having a picture taken of you. I know that History Geek is terrible about this. I asked him if I could get a picture of him and he said something about his remote ancestral heritage holding a belief that photos steal a portion of the soul and that he has a personal ambition to pass through life without there ever being actual evidence of his being here. “Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.”

What gives? I doubt very seriously that History Geek believes that stuff about his soul. But why stubbornly refuse to be in a photo? What gives? Can any of you explain your objections in the comments below? I’d love to understand this whole photo-phobia thing because it’s not making a whole lot of sense to me right now.

— da Bird