Caught in the Brentford triangle with Paris Hilton, Salmon Rushdie, Sarah Palin and Douglas Adams (with infinity fries)
First, this not altogether reassuring quote:
“We have normality. I repeat, we have normality. Anything you still can’t cope with is therefore your own problem.”
No, you can do your own Google search for its origin.
Anyway, there’s this old science fiction trope, that in an infinite universe anything we imagine can happen will happen…
… which means that, in a variation on a riff I started two days ago, there must be a planet Earth where the Apple company and McDonald’s will merge to form a world conquering entity, selling Big Macs with fries…
… and if that thought wasn’t scary enough, here’s this article in the Guardian:
“A planet census suggests that there are 50bn with the same mass as Earth and that around a fifth of these have liquid water. There may be an Earth-like planet circling one in every four stars in the night sky, according to the first census of alien worlds in our celestial neighbourhood.”
Fifty billion possible planets Earth – and then we’re not even talking string theory and parallel universes and all…
… but fifty billion is mind-boggling enough, thank you very much.
On how many of those Paris Hilton will be Sarah Palin’s Foreign Secretary?
On how many planets Salman Rushdie will have done a John Wilkes Booth on Ayatollah Khomeini?
On how many more Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich will be the proud new owner of Brentford FC and have his picture taken with John Omally & Jim Pooley?
God knows – either He or Stephen Hawking, that is…
… or Douglas Adams, perhaps:
“There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable.There is another theory which states that this has already happened.”
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