I can’t help but wonder if there are more legs or eyes in the world, just as I couldn’t stop thinking about the topic of whether there are more doors or wheels in the world for a whole week earlier this year.
After weeks of discussion and thousands of comments on TikTok, we still haven’t found an answer to the subject at hand.
Only naturally occurring, living legs will count toward this question’s criteria, as I am the one creating this post and so get to choose the rules.
Chair legs, table legs, prosthetic legs, doll legs, and googly eyes all fall outside of this definition.
When I asked the subject on Twitter last night, over a thousand individuals responded, with 59% saying that there are more legs than eyes. But I just can’t see it that way.
Numerous eyes and limbs are characteristic of some animals, such as invertebrates and marine organisms.
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The ocean, where most animals have two eyes but no legs, was conveniently forgotten. Some mollusks have hundreds of eyes but no legs, while starfish only have five.
When you add in insects, though, which typically have six legs, things get even more convoluted.
However, some insects, such as the praying mantis, the wasp, and the bee, have been endowed with an extra set of eyes.
Some Animals Including Invertebrates and Sea Animals Have More Eyes and Legs
My findings indicate that invertebrates make up 97% of all animal species on Earth, leaving us to wonder whether they are more likely to have more legs or eyes on average.
Here’s where things get tricky, though: while there are untold kinds of invertebrates with six or eight legs, many of them have eyes aplenty without anyone batting an eye.
One such creature is the Monarch butterfly, which possesses a staggering 12,000 eyes. However, there are now just about 2,000 of these beautiful butterflies left in the world, down from an estimated 1.2 million in the 1990s.
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A similar line of unscientific research may be traced back to the age-old controversy about which object is more common: wheels or doors.
There are those who are “team eyes” and those who are “team legs,” much like there are those who are “team wheels” and others who are “team doors.” It’s unlikely that we’ll ever learn the correct answer.