Tuesday, June 5, 2012

So much to know

The world is a treasure trove of knowledge and it’s a shame how much of it goes unused like so many books collecting dust on Library shelves. There are several fascinating events today that bare being aware of.

First of all, today marks the anniversary of the shooting of Bobby Kennedy in 1968. He was shot three times by Sirhan Sirhan. Bobby managed to hang on until the morning of June 6th 1968 but ultimately became the second Kennedy to fall from assassins’ bullets.  R.F.K. was a strong advocate of social justice and reform and I think the world would have truly been a different place if he had ascended to the Presidency.

It’s also the day before the Anniversary of D-Day, but I’m sure we’ll talk more about that tomorrow. Back in 1944 the Allies were on the edge of their seats, waiting for the Go Code to begin the largest amphibious assault in human history. The Battle to free Europe from the Nazi grip was set to re-define history.

In more current events however, today is a very cool day for science. Today it’ll be possible to seen a celestial event that won’t occur again until 2117. Most of us will be long gone by then so today’s sort of your last chance. At about 4:00 pm CST until 7:30 pm CST the planet Venus will cross in front of the sun. It’ll be visible (with the correct protective measures. DON’T LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN) as a small black dot crossing across the face of the Sun. So if you have the chance, take a look, using the proper protection of course, because you’re not a moron. http://sunearthday.nasa.gov/2012/transit/index.php or check it out here: http://www.adlerplanetarium.org/experience/events/transitofvenus

These are three moments in history to be at least aware of so you can speak confidently to your friends and impress them with your knowledge of history and current scientific events. I’ve no doubt this knowledge will get you invited to all the cool parties, get you the incredibly hot girl/guy to go out with you and get you that promotion at the shit factory. (You get a shovel instead of having to use your hands).

Yes, by sharing your knowledge with those lesser peons, you increase your chances of rising above those sons of bitches and achieving your goal of intellectual supremacy. Or a lot of bruises in the shape of books and football championship rings.

I know my life is so much better simply because of my average intelligence. Yes, average. I’m not a super genius like Wily Coyote. I just like to pay attention. As I always say, “I don’t know everything, just a little about everything”. It’d be pretty cool if other people were just as interested in this stuff as I am. Although, would that take away from what makes me somewhat interesting and unique? I suppose it might.

Everything you learn has the capacity to broaden your horizons.  Sometimes it leads to a certain amount of cynicism about the world, but if it wasn’t for cynicism we wouldn’t have made the great discoveries we use every day. So expand those synapses and marvel at all there is to know. 

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