December 10, 2007

Heretofore Unbenounced Particles

The Daily Show recently put everything from the last 9 years online. The interface is sort of clunky, but that doesn't stop it from being an amazingly entertaining time sink. For today's entertainment, a flashback to June 28, 2000, when men were men, women were women, and George W. Bush was still a stupid-funny punchline instead of a sad-funny one. What's that? It's Steve Carell visiting Brookhaven! Pretty standard scientists-are-going-to-destroy-the-Earth stuff, though I suppose it comes across that Carell is mocking that kind of hyperbole by getting people on the street to worry about being sucked into a black hole. It is worth watching if only to hear Michael Scott pronounce the phrase "Quark-Gluon Plasma." And for this exchange, which is sort of reminiscent of most science-related articles you see in the newspaper:

Steve Carell: But just what do [you] hope to learn?
Ken Batchelor: We might understand how creation occurred.
Steve Carell: But apart from that, what else?