So last week there was a post on the SEM Team regarding the Comet ISON.
(The SEM Team for those unfamiliar with it, is the Science, Engineering, and Math Team. We are a totally hip, nerdy group of … errr … nerds, that like to talk about things like The Comet ISON.)
Anyway, this particular comet has been viewable this week and we had a posting on it. Links to some sites, ways of tracking where it was … that kind of thing.
Then just this morning I was talking with wifey as we were driving.
“Have you heard about the Comet ISON?” I asked her.
“Yup,” she said. “They were talking about it on NPR the other day. I think at this moment it is rounding the sun. They're not sure if it will plummet into the sun though, or if it will whip around and break the sun’s gravitational pull.”
At this point, the conversation got geeky.
Uhh .. I know what some of you are thinking. You’re thinking it was already geeky aren’t you? Pfftt to you I say. Regurgitating other’s geeky ideas and comments is not in itself geeky. No. That’s just a form of plagiarizing. Not that I have anything against plagiarism mind you.
Anyway, what is really geeky is when you can take information you are given, and use one’s massive powers of scientific intellect to formulate yet other theories and such.
Yes, you will now see what true geeky hypothesizing is all about!
I said to wifey …
“Wifey, what if the Comet ISON really does break free of the sun’s gravity?”
“Yes?” she said.
“What if it whips around the sun REALLY fast, gaining even more momentum and speed?”
To which wifey replied, “Nevermind that I asked. What should we do for lunch?”
Her apparent lack of interest did not deter me. I am undetterable when going into genius mode.
“I mean,” I said, “what if it goes soooo fast that it causes us to go back in time?”
“What? Why would that happen,” the wifey asked.
That should have been sufficient right? I mean, c’mon! Haven’t we all seen the Star Trek episode where Kirk takes the ship around the sun to slingshot the Enterprise back in time How much more scientific evidence does one need? In fact, haven’t we seen that episode about 12 or 15 times now via reruns? Heck, that’s repeatable and verifiable evidence.
I got the blank look.
I suspect my superior intellect does stun people that way.
I must stun her a lot … as I get the blank look a lot.
“Anyway,” I went on, “how do we know it hasn’t already happened? How do we know that the Comet ISON hasn’t already whipped around the sun in super-duper sonic speed and has made time go backwards? How do I know that we haven’t already had this conversation?”
Then it dawned on me …
“Hey, what if we are in some kind of massive time loop?” I said.
And in a moment of triumph wifey agreed with me.
“Yeah, you must be right because this totally feels like some hellish time loop.”
Heh. Verification. One point for me. And another … and another … and another …