It would appear, Big Bang theorists, that Sheldon has finally found his Khan — or, maybe, his Kirk. See, if, like me, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is one of your favorite sci-fi flicks of all time, you probably noticed that the normally exacting Shedon became hilariously unmoored in his white hot rage for Star Trek: The Next Generation wunderkind Wil Wheaton. Quoting both Khan Noonien Singh (“From Hell’s heart, I stab at thee!”), and, in a fashion, Capt. James T. Kirk (“WHEEEAATONNNN!“), it was unclear whether Sheldon saw himself as a wronged, genetically superior supervillian battling to destroy Wheaton’s impetuous Kirk, or a dashing starship captain striving to defeat Wheaton’s nefarious Khan. Then again, like most Wrath of Khan geeks, Sheldon probably just wanted to be both men at once, and I’ve almost certainly spent far too much Sheldon-esque time exploring this topic as it is. Suffice it to say, in the grand tradition of Newman vs. Seinfeld, Sideshow Bob vs. Bart Simpson, and Mr. Wilson vs. Dennis the Menace, I cannot think of a better bête noir for Sheldon Cooper than (an evil, underhanded version of) Wil Wheaton, since Wheaton’s Wesley Crusher on ST:TNG was essentially an earnest, 24th century version of Sheldon Cooper, replete with a comically unfortunate wardrobe. (For one thing, Wheaton is light years better as an adversary than the odious Barry Kripke.)
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If ever there were a YouTube video that demonstrated the many-worlds interpretation of quantum theory through pop culture, this is it! Here’s a montage of every single Kramer entrance from Seinfeld — in chronological order. How long can you last watching this? At what point in the video does your conception of the world dissolve and you realize that that every single outcome is simultaneously occurring in an alternative universe? And, more importantly, did Kramer’s fashion sense improve or deteriorate over time?
I had written off Bobby McFerrin years ago, after that “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” incident. And then I saw this video, in which he uses an unsuspecting audience to demonstrate the universal power of the Pentatonic Scale.
I don’t know about you, but music — and our innate understanding of music — is an everyday magic I too often take for granted.
You're probably thinking, "What's the big deal? It's not like the spiral is spinning. It's not 3-D. I don't see Mother Teresa's face jumping out at me." True. But there's something you might not realize. See the blue spiral? And the green one? THEY'RE THE SAME COLOR.
Go ahead, take a look.
Still don't believe me? Check out this post over at Discover Magazine, which explains how the mind interprets colors based on surrounding hues. Then grab a Kleenex and wipe your brain off the walls.
This is too upsetting to keep to myself, so I must ruin it for you as well: Last night on Discovery's MythBusters, they proved that the pressure of a massive amount of popcorn popping is not enough to blow out the windows of your home as seen in the 1985 film Real Genius. Busted! Two consolations: They did prove that a laser can pop popcorn (which drew applause from Kari Byron and me). Confirmed! And they did blow up a small-scale house filled with popcorn with explosives, which you can watch in high speed here.
If the show's already gone after the ice skating scene, I don't want to know about it.
With the launch of its 2009 "Green is Universal" campaign, NBC is once again hoping that its reputation as an environmentally conscious network will help boost its saggy viewership. In past years, the network plugged its initiative with PSAs and guest stars (like Al Gore on 30 Rock). We’re not exactly sure what greenery NBC has in store for this year, but we’ve got a few suggestions for kicking it up a notch in ’09:
Harness the power of The Biggest Loser
Contestants on the weight-loss competition are constantly working out — but all that spent energy is going nowhere. Why not hook their exercise equipment up to generators so that every step and squat produces electricity for the show’s camera equipment? An on-set desalination plant could also turn that sweat into drinkable water, which could be bottled and sold alongside the show’s bath scales and panini makers.
Cancel America’s Got Talent
Noise pollution is still pollution.
Recycle old shows
Oh, wait. They’re already doing that.
Looks like NBC may have a slightly different strategy in mind (check out one of their green tips videos below). But go ahead, PopWatchers, and tell us what YOU think is the best way for NBC to go green this year?
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