This is an exciting time.
"Planets are turning out to be so common that to show all the planets in our galaxy, this chart would have to be nested in itself -- with each planet replaced by a copy of the chart -- at least three levels deep." - XKCDRead more...
This is an exciting time.We love hearing stories about how ThinkGeek t-shirts bring strangers together to geek out about science. Here's an email we received about a space enthusiast meeting up with a retired astrophysicist, thanks to the "Science To Do" Portal shirt.
Hi -- just wanted to pass along an anecdote that happened earlier today, which happened thanks to one of your t-shirts.XKCD reminds us that we're a very small part of a very big universe with this 100% cotton black t-shirt that has all the planets printed in a circular pattern. Also available in Babydoll cut.
At the pharmacy earlier, an older gentleman noticed my T-shirt with its "Look at me still talking when there's science to do." slogan, leaned in closer to read it aloud in a New York accent, and then looked up at me with a smile.
"So, you like the sciences. What do you follow?"
I smiled in return. "All of them, but Astronomy's my favorite. Anything to do with space."
His grin grew, but he got called to the counter. Coming back to me, he continued, "I was an astrophysicist. I'm 92 now, but in the last 15 years things are changing so fast, it's hard to keep up!"
"The exoplanets alone!" I laughed.
He nodded. "And there's a new particle every other day! Anyhow, a pleasure to meet you." We shook hands.
Afterwards, I calculated that he would have been born in 1920 and just about 50 when I was born. I should be so lucid and charming at 50, much less 92. :)
Thanks, ThinkGeek, for providing me with such a great encounter.
-- Robert D.
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