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‘Doctor Who’ thing of the day: crack in the universe, for real (and another in my ceiling)

British online newspaper The Daily Dust (which is now my favorite online news source, because it is recommended that one consumes it “with a nice hot cup of tea and a chocolate Hob-Nob”) notes that NASA has discovered an absolutely for-real crack in the universe…


…or at least the “core of a thick, sooty cloud large enough to swallow dozens of solar systems [that] may be harboring beastly stars in the process of forming.” Which sounds menacing enough, actually.

And this is the ceiling directly above my desk, where I sit and work all the freakin’ time:

(My graphic-designer brother Ken, who posts comments here as one of the Kens, added the glow. But it’s creepy enough without the glow, frankly, because one of these days, I’m gonna get bonked in the head with falling paint chips.)

For comparison:

(Daily Dust link via reader Keith)



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  • Dre in Spain

    Chocolate hob-nobs. I can’t think beyond that.
    Seriously, you made me lust over chocolate hobnobs.. There is nothing in the world like chocolate hobnobs, (apart from jaffa cakes.)

  • Keith

    Thanks, MaryAnn. Shows us that there are Doctor Who fans monitoring telescopes.

    Your brother did a nice touch with the crack in your ceiling. Now if it opens up and a big eye looks in at you, I’d move.

  • Nadia

    Moffat has turned all of us into paranoid loonies. If you see someone running from a crack on the wall or freaking out when they see an angel’s statue you can be 95% sure that they spend their Saturday’s evening watching our favourite time traveler’s adventures

  • Overflight

    Nadia: don’t forget people with Gas Masks (The Empty Child), things they can’t see (Vincent and The Doctor) and the dark (Vashta Nerada).

    Moffat’s ultimate goal is to drive everyone on Earth insane by playing on Humanity’s most primal fears (OK, in that regard perhaps the gas mask thing was a bit of an outlier).

  • Erik

    One of my best friends works for NASA/JPL and I can tell you the place is pretty much run by Doctor Who freaks. Many of them got their inspiration for the stars from the good Doctor and that led them where they are today and they don’t forget it. They instituted a weekly mid-day movie for the Mars program a few years back to give the guys a break when things were getting super sttressful. The first thing they showed? Pyramids of Mars. They went nuts for it. :-)

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