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Merlin’s Tour of the Universe – Neil de Grasse Tyson

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Merlin’s Tour of the Universe

A Skywatcher’s Guide to Everything from Mars and Quasars to Comets, Planets,Blue Moons, and Werewolves

Neil de Grasse Tyson

Genre: Science & Nature

Price: $2.99

Publish Date: July 14, 1997

Publisher: Crown/Archetype

Seller: Penguin Random House LLC


From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Astrophysics for People in a Hurry comes a fascinating guide to the most popular questions about the universe. In Neil de Grasse Tyson's delightful tour of the galaxies, his fictional character Merlin responds to popular astronomy questions asked by adults and children alike. Merlin, a visitor from Planet Omniscia in the Andromeda Galaxy, has been friends with many of the most important scientific figures of the past, including da Vinci, Magellan, Doppler, Einstein, and Hubble—and he often recounts his conversations with these historical figures in his explanations. Merlin's illuminating answers feature a unique combination of wit and poetry along with serious science explained in refreshingly clear, reader-friendly language. Dear Merlin: Can a person cross our galaxy in a spaceship during one human lifespan? Merlin: In 1905, Merlin's good friend Albert Einstein introduced the "Special Theory of Relativity," which predicts that time will tick slower and slower the faster you travel. Were you to embark on such an adventure you could conceivably age as little as you wish, depending of course, on your exact speed. The problem arises when you return to Earth, which will have moved several hundred thousand years into the future and everyone will have forgotten about you. A timeless book for lovers of the universe by one of its greatest lights.

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Fox News Sends Reporter to Cover Spring Break in Florida. But What About Benghazi?

Mother Jones

Fox News host and prominent knockout-game-myth purveyor Sean Hannity announced this week an investigation into spring break. Here’s the first installment, in which Fox correspondent Ainsley Earhardt heads to Panama City. (For the second installment, click here). The Hannity segment covers binge-drinking, twerking, premarital sex, public drug use, and other things young hooligans perpetrate while on spring break:

Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com

“Ainsley recalled that some people were actually having sex on the beach, while girls were flashing the crowds for Mardi Gras-style beads,” the Fox News blog reads. (Erin Gloria Ryan of Jezebel has some of the segment’s money quotes here, including, “I have vodka and Red Bull and I’m getting crunk than a mug!”)

Well, at least it isn’t another Fox segment on Benghazi.

Also, you can compare the quality of the very real and outraged Fox coverage of spring break to the very fake and outrage coverage carried out by KHBX—the fictional news team in Comedy Central’s short-lived, Zach Galifianakis-starring satire Dog Bites Man. Enjoy:

Dog Bites Man

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