Thursday, January 9, 2014

Random Fun Facts: 01/09/2014 Edition

From "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"

"The Total Perspective Vortex (henceforth 'the TPV') is a device built as a practical application of the theory of atomic interactivity. The idea is that if every atom of the universe is affected by every other atom of the universe, then it is theoretically possible to extrapolate a model of the entire universe using a single piece of matter as a starting point. The TPV does this using a piece of fairy cake as its extrapolatory base.
Originally created by its inventor Trin Tragula as a way to get back at his wife (who always told him to get a "sense of proportion"), the TPV is now used as a torture and (in effect) killing device on the planet Frogstar. The prospective victim of the TPV is placed within a small chamber wherein is displayed a model of the entire universe - together with a microscopic dot bearing the legend "you are here". The sense of perspective thereby conveyed destroys the victim's mind."
Douglas Adams (11 March 1952 – 11 May 2001) was one of the most imaginative (and funny) authors of the 20th century.

But, it turns out, even his incredibly, massively, huge, imagination couldn't keep up with actual sciency stuff.

The BBC has reported that actual, real scientists have determined, with an impressive amount of certainty, that the Universe is not just incredibly, massively, huge.

It's infinite.

The PC won't even pretend to understand everything about this report.

Way back in the day, Mr. Adam's satirical "Total Perspective Vortex" blew The Blog's mind...

This new report made my head explode and my brain melt.

I fell off my chair and landed on the ceiling.

And, thanks to Douglas' other theory...

"The Infinite Improbability Drive..."

On my way back to my chair, I, in the span of less than a millisecond, turned into a string doll, a potted plant and a grey whale falling from the sky, thinking, "----?"

Truth be told. I have always suspected that this is probably the case.

The Blog has always thought that our galaxy is a tiny, "You are Here," pinpoint in an infinite universe.

But, now my suspicion is backed by actual, scientific theory.

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