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(AP)   Egotistical scientists seek media coverage after identifying Copernicus' remains, not realizing the world doesn't revolve around them   (hosted.ap.org) divider line
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2008-11-20 11:10:28 AM  
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2008-11-20 11:20:49 AM  
Any evidence that he'd been spinning in his grave?
 
2008-11-20 11:31:13 AM  
How typical that Airplane references are applauded whereas this is met with a face palm.
 
2008-11-20 11:46:36 AM  

meekychuppet: How typical that Airplane references are applauded whereas this is met with a face palm.


You're rather negative today.
 
2008-11-20 11:54:35 AM  
I thought it was a rather clever headline.
 
2008-11-20 11:57:40 AM  
Egocentric about the heliocentric.
 
2008-11-20 12:35:48 PM  
I thought it was a great headline, subby!
 
2008-11-20 12:36:57 PM  

Nabb1: I thought it was a rather clever headline.


Ptolemy about it.
 
2008-11-20 12:38:00 PM  

meekychuppet: How typical that Airplane references are applauded whereas this is met with a face palm.


Shirley you can't be serious?

/Over the facepalm?
//the white zone is for facepalm complaints only
 
2008-11-20 12:45:41 PM  

meekychuppet: How typical that Airplane references are applauded whereas this is met with a face palm.


I guess we're all just a little eccentric.
 
2008-11-20 12:54:28 PM  
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Science joke. You should probably just move along.
 
2008-11-20 12:56:19 PM  
Thanks, subby, I lol'd
 
2008-11-20 01:02:31 PM  
Worthless Liter +1

/But not for long!
//Soon as paypal finishes processing...
 
2008-11-20 01:10:08 PM  
Don't listen to the haters subby. They just need to tycho chill pill.
 
2008-11-20 01:12:28 PM  
Nice, +1 subby

/time to Galilei down
 
2008-11-20 01:27:50 PM  
He was wrong.

/so was Einstein
 
2008-11-20 01:48:41 PM  
Ye golden lamps of heav'n farewell,
With all your feeble light;
Farewell thou ever changing moon,
Pale empress of the night.

And thou refulgent orb of day,
In brighter flames arrayed;
My soul which springs beyond thy sphere,
No more demands thy aid.

-"The Last Words of Copernicus"
 
2008-11-20 01:57:20 PM  
It's funny because most scientists DO think the world revolves around them.
 
2008-11-20 02:13:49 PM  
TFA: Copernicus, a priest and astronomer whose theories identified the Sun, not the Earth, as the center of the universe.

For some strange reason, I don't trust news articles that confuse the word "universe" with "solar system."
 
Bf+
2008-11-20 02:28:34 PM  
That was clearly a Picard-groan as opposed to a facepalm.
 
2008-11-20 04:07:09 PM  
It's funny because most scientists DO think the world revolves around them.

It does...but only because we choose the coordinate system.
 
2008-11-20 04:44:37 PM  
FTA: "In the two years of work, under extremely difficult conditions - amid thousands of visitors, with earth shifting under the heavy pounding of the organ music - we managed to locate the grave, which was badly damaged," Gassowski said.

Heavy pounding? That church organ must have one hellacious sub-woofer to cause structural damage to a grave.

/WTF
 
2008-11-20 04:46:51 PM  
+1, would applaud again.
 
2008-11-20 04:53:17 PM  

Born to Die: And thou refulgent orb of day,
In brighter flames arrayed;
My soul which springs beyond thy sphere,
No more demands thy aid.


[image from upload.wikimedia.org too old to be available]
"Refulgent?"
 
2008-11-20 08:11:36 PM  

TheSpaceAdmiral: TFA: Copernicus, a priest and astronomer whose theories identified the Sun, not the Earth, as the center of the universe.

For some strange reason, I don't trust news articles that confuse the word "universe" with "solar system."


Actually, this one's worth the benefit of doubt as the known universe in Copernicus' time was the Solar system and the 'sphere of fixed stars' that were an unknown, but thought to be relatively close, distance away. As they had no concept of the size of the planets nor their distance away, they thought the entire known universe was a volume probably equal to the Solar system out to the Oort Cloud (which they were also ignorant of).
 
2008-11-21 10:59:33 AM  

AdrienVeidt: Actually, this one's worth the benefit of doubt as the known universe in Copernicus' time was the Solar system and the 'sphere of fixed stars' that were an unknown, but thought to be relatively close, distance away. As they had no concept of the size of the planets nor their distance away, they thought the entire known universe was a volume probably equal to the Solar system out to the Oort Cloud (which they were also ignorant of).


That's a good point. But I still think it could have been worded better to avoid conflating the terms.
 
2008-11-21 07:34:39 PM  
The soft drink can't be far behind.

/would make a nice broth
 
2008-11-22 10:25:41 PM  
That's quite a mugshot.

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2008-11-23 04:22:58 PM  
Zefram Cochrane?
 
2008-11-24 03:07:34 PM  

sojourner: Zefram Cochrane?


Really. First thing I thought of when I saw that picture. Would not be surprised to learn he's an ancestor.
 
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