Friday, October 19, 2007

And now for something completely different: a musical interlude

Whenever life gets you down, Mrs Brown, and things seem hard or tough,
And people are stupid, obnoxious, or daft, and you feel that you've had quite eno-huh-huh-huh-huh-hoooooooough.

Just re-member that you're standing on a planet that's evolving, revolving at 900 miles an hour.
It's orbiting at 19 miles a second, so it's reckoned, a Sun, that is the source of all our power.
The Sun, and you and me, and all the stars that you can see, are moving at a million miles a day
In the outer-spiral arm, at 40,000 miles an hour, of the Galaxy we call "The Milky Way".

Our Galaxy itself contains a hundred-billion stars, it's a hundred thousand light years side to side.
It bulges in the middle, 16,000 light years thick, but out by us, it's just 3,000 light years wide.
We're 30,000 light years from Galactic Central Point, we go round every 200 million years,
And our Galaxy is only one of millions of billions in the amazing and expanding universe!

[Small Instrumental]

The universe itself keeps on expanding and expanding in all of the directions it can whizz,
As fast as it can go, the speed of light, you know, 12 million miles a minute and that's the fastest speed there is,
So remember when you're feeling very small and insecure, how amazingly unlikely is your birth
And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space, 'cause there's bugger all down here on Earth!

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