Mark Rimmell (markrimmell) wrote,
Mark Rimmell

I feel a rant coming on.... Now with footnotes...

At the bottom of a BBC Website report on CoRoT-9b the newly discovered exoplanet, I find...
"Science explained: What is a light year?"

I sort of feel this is a little like* putting "Football explained: How long is a football pitch?" at the bottom of a report about Owen Hargreaves comeback?

And while I'm at it. The new series Wonders of The Solar System. Why did they fade out the sound as Professor Brian Cox explains the equation for calculating the energy of the sun falling on the Earth? I was reaching for a pen so I could try this one myself, but this information must be considered too difficult for the audience so it's faded out in what seemed like a "Never mind about this bit, it's way too complicated" sort of way, then faded back in again as he reaches the conclusion... which was pretty staggering but I'd like to know how he got there.

Oh and in case you're wondering, the length of football pitch is just a tad under 6 trillion miles and light year can be anywhere between 100 and 130 yards. Or is it the other way round? ** I'll just fade out here......

"I sort of feel this is a little like..." is Rimmell for "This makes me bloody mad as hell, because it's as patronising as..."
** But seriously, it should be noted
that the distance light travels in 1 nanosecond is 1 foot, which proves the Universe was designed and built using imperial measurements.

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