Magnifiers and demagnifiers of all shapes and sizes use reality-warping lenses, allowing us to view everything from microscopic bacteria to macroscopic planet-sized chunks of space bacteria. What do you need to know about these expensive and delicate sight enhancers?
• Microscopes: Essentially a small, downward-pointing telescope. Microscopes use powerful lenses that transmit light into energy, then beam that energy directly into the small object to make it rapidly grow bigger. When you are finished studying the frozen turkey-sized bacterium on your desk, do not forget to kill it with a hammer.
• Telescopes: Essentially a large, upward-pointing microscope. Telescopes are so powerful they allow us to see all 75 stars with such clarity that if you were to point their magnifying lenses directly at Earth's nearby sun, your entire head would explode. Telescopes can also be used to protect your neighbours from their own morals.
• Kaleidoscopes: These optic novelty tubes contain a circular pattern of mirrors that create geometric patterns from tiny, coloured beads contained within. Fun fact: If you use a kaleidoscope to commit a crime, you will spend eternity trapped inside one.