Thursday, July 9, 2009


I stole this graphic from Bad Astronomy, who in turn stole it from Abstruse Goose. It's pretty clever. Click it to make it big enough to read.

The premise is pretty simple: the signal from a show that aired 10 years ago is now 10 light years away, part of an ever-expanding sphere of electromagnetic signals emanating from our planet. Thus, the singing nine-headed cat people on Beta Aquilea are now doomed to watch old reruns of Gilligan's Island and The Munsters. Whereas the telepathic floating dirigible worms of Formalhaut are fortunate enough to kick back over the latest episodes of Night Court and Punky Brewster.

Lucky bastards.


Eric Shonkwiler said...

How does a dirigible worm kick back, pray tell?

willwood said...

The graph is a great idea. I have thought that if there is a heaven, watching history unfold would be fascinating. Talk about a reality show. On second thought seeing Pickett's charge at Gettysburg may make it seem more like Hell. Haven't I read that some of the stars we see don't exist anymore?

Clowncar said...

Careful, Eric. You don't wanna be pissing off the telepathic floating dirigible worms of Formalhaut. Cuz they'll kick your ass. With whatever it is they use to kick back.

Will, watching history unfold would probably be about half heaven, half hell. Kinda like life.

Wanderlust Scarlett said...

I shudder to think what they'll believe about us when they start getting 90210, American Idol and all the reality shows... *cringe*

Scarlett & Viaggiatore