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January 11, 2013 9:54 AM   Subscribe

Eric Idle sings the theme song to Brian Cox's new series Wonders of Life: a remake of the Galaxy Song from The Meaning of Life. 'Nuff said.
posted by MartinWisse (11 comments total) 21 users marked this as a favorite

 
This totally made my morning. I just can't hate on Brian Cox, or Eric Idle.

I do always wonder when some scientist names a number of stars, though. Do they mean in the known universe? As far back as we can see? Are we not sure it is infinite?
posted by poe at 10:07 AM on January 11, 2013 [1 favorite]


That's the number of stars in the visible universe; whether or not there is anything beyond that is still a question of debate, as far as I know.
posted by MartinWisse at 10:18 AM on January 11, 2013


Well, the number of stars cannot be infinite as the universe is not infinite, right? We will end up with a finite boundary if we start from the big bang and factor in the rate of expansion & the age of the universe.
posted by asra at 10:37 AM on January 11, 2013


Ooooh... in other Eric Idle funny song news... Ok, this requires a bit of set up. On Dan Harmon's podcast Harmontown, he's recently been starting the show with freestyle raps that end up just being about how he fucked your momma. Going on tour, he wanted a little guidance on how to write funny songs that weren't about fucking mommas. He went to Eric Idle and this was the result. Very low brow and NSFW audio.
posted by yellowbinder at 10:42 AM on January 11, 2013 [8 favorites]


I heard an interview with Eric Idle recently and he said that most parties at his house turn into sing-a-longs. Now I imagine being at those parties quite often.
posted by Duffington at 11:25 AM on January 11, 2013 [3 favorites]


Not only is the number of stars finite, but the rate of star creation peaked 11 billion years ago, and has been declining ever since. 95% of the universe's stars have already been created.
posted by CheeseDigestsAll at 11:32 AM on January 11, 2013 [1 favorite]


Remember that Life began evolving and dissolving and resolving in the deep primordial oceans by the hydrothermal vents

Well, that's a controversial claim.
posted by James Scott-Brown at 12:04 PM on January 11, 2013 [1 favorite]


Not only is the number of stars finite, but the rate of star creation peaked 11 billion years ago, and has been declining ever since.

Obviously those space eggheads haven't been keeping up with the Kardashians.
posted by Atom Eyes at 12:29 PM on January 11, 2013 [1 favorite]


I can't wait for this dang show, especially since the Infinite Monkey Cage is done for the year again.
posted by lazaruslong at 2:51 PM on January 11, 2013


I do always wonder when some scientist names a number of stars, though.

If you disagree, as soon as it's dark start counting, and get back to us.
posted by dhartung at 4:00 PM on January 11, 2013


That Harmontown link is slaying me. Just about the filthiest thing I've heard since the last time I watched The Aristocrats, but Eric Idle shows everyone how its done.
posted by Joey Michaels at 11:54 PM on January 11, 2013


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