Sooooo that's my man.
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Neil Degrasse Tyson answers the question: who's the greatest physicist in history? slowed down. posted by Lutoslawski (30 comments total) 21 users marked this as a favorite


Why are there so many kinds of dogs? And butterflies? Whales? Duude. (I'm just watching the second episode now.)
posted by filthy light thief at 9:10 PM on March 17 [1 favorite]

posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 9:21 PM on March 17

They mostly sound drunk as hell.
posted by kafziel at 9:25 PM on March 17 [1 favorite]

He's so awesome.
posted by varion at 9:35 PM on March 17 [2 favorites]

Why are you in my backyard with a flashlight?
posted by Meatbomb at 4:01 AM on March 18 [1 favorite]

That is awesome!
posted by Renoroc at 4:21 AM on March 18

Slow it down some more!
posted by curious nu at 5:23 AM on March 18

Dan Benjamin sounds hilarious slowed down on any 5by5 podcast.
posted by archagon at 5:31 AM on March 18

I wonder if speeding up a drunk person would have the opposite effect.
posted by archagon at 5:32 AM on March 18 [1 favorite]

I could just watch this over and over.
posted by hanoixan at 6:37 AM on March 18 [1 favorite]

So, uh, any chance of letting those of us who can't watch the video right now know who NDGT thinks is the Greatest Physicist? I'd like to know.
posted by Scientist at 8:06 AM on March 18

posted by PenDevil at 8:08 AM on March 18

I kept waiting for him to pull out some Jello Pudding.
posted by three blind mice at 8:24 AM on March 18

It's really hard to argue with that choice. But if anyone can, it's you bastards!
posted by Mister_A at 8:35 AM on March 18 [1 favorite]

If I ever saw NDT in public, little cartoon hearts would fly out of my eyes and I would probably throw my underwear at him.
posted by Lemmy Caution at 8:44 AM on March 18 [1 favorite]

We need samples from Sagan and Bill Nye, too. As a pal put it, "science talk slowed down instantly converts it into stoner ramblings."
posted by kafziel at 9:03 AM on March 18 [1 favorite]

This also works really well on a Mac if you use text-to-speech and set the speaking rate a little low. Messing around a little bit with the 'Samantha' voice got some really impressive-sounding "Drunk Siri" clips.
posted by Wild_Eep at 9:07 AM on March 18 [1 favorite]

"He discovered white light splits into colored light. That's kind of freaky."

posted by running order squabble fest at 11:07 AM on March 18 [1 favorite]

(Sorry, actual quote: "he figures out that white light is composed of colors" - slightly different.

Now senpai will never notice me!)
posted by running order squabble fest at 11:08 AM on March 18

So great.
posted by ColdChef at 1:42 PM on March 18

Newton? I was hoping for something a bit less obvious. Still, it's certainly a defensible choice; the man did more or less invent several of modern physics' most important theories and concepts, across multiple subfields. I don't know if anyone else can claim that.
posted by Scientist at 10:05 AM on March 19

And then he turned 26.
posted by PenDevil at 10:43 AM on March 20 [1 favorite]

You can imagine Hooke posting anonymously on MerrieFilter:

Sure, it's impressive, but what's his second act? The guy's peaked. He's going to spend his whole life moving further and further away from this one moment of...



Oh, fuck Newton.

And thus was born the Fuck Newton.

(They changed the name to Fig Newton later to help sell to kids).
posted by running order squabble fest at 12:05 PM on March 20

I saw Neil give a lecture today and he is infatuated with this video. He talked about it during the lecture, and then asked if everyone was willing to hang out for five minutes after the Q&A so he could show us both the original and slowed down versions. So he opened up YouTube on the same laptop that was running his slide show, found the videos, remembered to change his audio output to HDMI so we could hear it, and shared them both with a capacity hall that seats 1700 people.
posted by thecjm at 10:14 PM on March 21 [1 favorite]

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