November 6, 2013

  • Exceptionalism

    The Kepler telescope suffered a mechanical failure this year and is unable to continue searching for new earth-like planets.  But enough data were produced by its three-plus years of operation to reach some rather remarkable conclusions.

    A STUDY released in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science suggests that there are at least 8.8 billion planets in the Milky Way Galaxy matching Earth’s size and temperature requirements for life.

    (The Milky Way Galaxy contains 200 to 400 billion stars.  And how many galaxies are there in the entire universe?  Current estimates are 100 to 500 billion galaxies, each of which has hundreds of billions of stars.  LINK  In other words, there could be a galaxy out there for every star in the Milky Way.)



    Britt Pommy of Liverpool writes, "Do you colonists ever get weary of calling yourselves exceptional?  Think how annoying it sounds when you claim you're the only country that can bring democracy to Abcdefghistan. 'Tis bloody daft, innit."

    "Thank you, limey.  Try going to the dentist."

    Yes we are exceptional.  We are unique among the nations of 8,800,000,000 planets.  On only ONE of these planets, in ONE NATION on that planet, does there exist aerosol cheese.  Nobody else -- nobody -- sells spray cheese in a can.




Comments (13)

  • How do you know?

    • There are Venus-like planets and Mars-like planets included in this survey. I am pretending I didn't see your question. Venus and Mars do not support life, but they are of the right size and temperature to be included.

  • maybe that Gravity movie was real.
    She can eat all my spray can cheese.

  • RYC: I didn't notice that the beading looked spidery until you said that! I guess that embroidered webbing would be taking it too far.
    I am going to check out your font changing post.

  • If other planets had spray cheese in a can there would be no reason for them to explore the universe and thus no way for us to ever come in contact with them. In fact most opponents to the space program cite our already having spray cheese in a can as the principle reason not to bother exploring outer space.

  • Okay. I'll try some spray/canned cheese!

  • Ha! :-D You are so funny! Yes, I decided Positivity should only be spread around WP! ;-) Xanga needs to maintain it's reputation of curmudgeon-ness! ;-) :-P
    HUGS!!! :-)

  • Included in non cheese spray capable planets? I don't know much about Venus and Mars, and even less about cheese spray...but I still want to know how you can state with such certainty that NOBODY else sells this non food product. I think you're assuming that we earthlings are unique in this ability to sell things with no nutritional value as food.

    • Do you remember our dear xanga friend Lovegrove? I mentioned blood pudding and toad-in-the-hole, and his reply was something like, "this from a country that considers aerosol cheese to be a food!"

      Yes, spray cheese is really an icon of bad food in the UK, in Australia, in New Zealand, in Europe. It is emblematic of American crassness. It is universally disdained. Therefore it is funny.

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