Saturday, January 13, 2007

The Galaxy Song

"Whenever life gets you down, Mrs. Brown
And things seem hard or tough
And people are stupid, obnoxious or daft
And you feel that you've had quite enough...

Just remember that you're standing on a planet that's evolving
And revolving at 900 miles an hour
That's orbiting at 19 miles a second, so it's reckoned
A sun that is the source of all our power
The sun and you and me, and all the stars that we can see
Are moving at a million miles a day
In an outer spiral arm, at 40,000 miles an hour
Of the galaxy we call the Milky Way

Our galaxy itself contains 100 billion stars
It's 100,000 light-years side-to-side
It bulges in the middle, 16,000 light-years thick
But out by us it's just 3000 light-years wide
We're 30,000 light-years from galactic central point
We go round every 200 million years
And our galaxy is only one of millions of billions
In this amazing and expanding universe

The universe itself keeps on expanding and expanding
In all of the directions it can whiz
As fast as it can go, at the speed of light you know
Twelve million miles a minute and that's the fastest speed there is
So remember, when you're feeling very small and insecure
How amazingly unlikely is your birth
And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space
Because there's bugger all down here on Earth"

The Galaxy Song, by Monty Python

Watch on YouTube (the audio quality is pretty good)

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  1. Dear Bee,

    what a great collection of links - that's amazing :-) And it's fascinating to hear how much science content has been packed into the Galaxy Song by the Monty Pythons!

    With someting like the snap preview feature, this would make a fancy "interactive video" for the song...

  2. Hi Bee, lol!
    Great song, great links
    Will have to have a read of that Faster than the speed of light.

    Nice to 'see' you decloaked
    without your polar bear coat, lol!
    Have a Great Weekend

  3. And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space
    Because there's bugger all down here on Earth.
    El Ultimo Presidente Bush the Lesser.

  4. Oh, that's funny, especially considering it was written in the early 1980s. I had to look it up to know for sure.

    And I love that picture of the Sun. It gives me much to think about. ;-)

  5. Madam, I assure you, your supply of vowels is in the mail!

  6. Hi Stefan,

    try again... like it?

    Hi Quasar,

    nah, it's gotten much warmer here the last days, all the snow is gone, we've rain and everything is grey.

    Hi Uncle,

    Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe. ~A. Einstein

    Hi Arun,

    sorry, I totally don't get it. Did I write something stupid? It looks fine for my eyes?



  7. Bee or B, that is the question. (I haven't noticed your B signature so far, only Bee, hence the thought of impending vowel exhaustion.) Of course, B could stand for both.

  8. Hi Arun,

    ah. I thought my spell-check might have produced another funny mistake like 'MIND' instead of 'MOND', 'quadruply' instead of 'quadrupole', or 'Smiling' instead of 'Smolin'.

    I'd appreciate a supply of vowels by mail. Would you make sure they are properly tuned to American-English? I often use up all my eeee-s reading the newspapers.



  9. Hi, incidentally, Kenneth Lane has randomly sent us (including me) the same "Harvey's place" joke. So I tried to understand why it's funny and it turned out that only if you're a Newyorker, you can understand the joke, and there's no way how to learn the necessary stuff to do so. Also, you must admire Woody Allen's movies to appreciate it. ;-)

  10. That's great! The annotated Monty Python. Brilliant! Thanks for the comment and for sending me the link at The Primate Diaries. I'm encouraging others to check this out.


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