Our cats, who have no manners, climb on everything while we are asleep. That is when they are not trying to use their heads as battering rams to get in our door or meowing incessantly. During their travels that night they knocked the camera to the floor. I saw it the next morning but just picked it up without checking to see if it still works.
Aiden tried to use it later on and found that the zoom function is now another way to click the shutter. This means our out dated camera was as state of the art as Grandma's Kodak.
SOooooo... A trip to Wal-Mart was in order. I got a new camera. It was about $200 cheaper than the dead one (at the time of purchase), has about double the zoom, a WAY bigger screen, better resolution, more pixels, and it's awesome. The only thing it cannot do is shoot in black and white which, as Aiden pointed out, I can fix in photo shop. I'm so excited, I want something fun to happen so I can get the camera out and break it in.
This camera is the wrong model but looks almost identical to the right model. In case you care, we got teh Olympus FE-330 with 8 megapixel and 5x optical zoom. (For those of you who are not Shaila and haven't researched the crap out of cameras, most affordable digital cameras max the optical zoom at 3x). AND the digital zoom is not useless because the megapixels are so much better. Awesome.