Geek Girl: The Muppets vs. Fox News
We’ve also got the dark side of the moon illuminated, news on ‘The Watchmen,’ and more!
-Lucia Peters and PJ Gach
You know how everyone thought that Mozart’s music was the key to genius? And that the dark side of the moon would never, ever see the light of day? Well guess what? Things always aren’t what they seem!
Read on for our round up of this week’s cool and interesting news and videos.
The Muppets vs. Fox News: Aaaaaaaand FIGHT!
Have you seen The Muppets yet? If you haven’t, you should (even if it’s not in theaters anymore), because it is wonderful in every way, shape, and form. Sure, it has its flaws, and yes, some of the original Muppeteers weren’t too happy with it; at the end of the day, though, it’s marvelously in spirit with everything the Muppets have ever been, and therefore it is wonderful.
Anyway, wonderfulness aside, the plot centers around a Texas oil tycoon (Chris Cooper) attempting to buy out Muppet Studios just so he can tear it down and dig up all the oil underneath it. Pretty easy to understand, right? It’s Movie Plots 101: We have a villain, we have some heroes, and the heroes have to save something they love from the evil clutches of the villain. Done and done. But apparently Fox News read way farther into this simple plot than anyone was ever supposed to and came to the conclusion that the Muppets are Communists. Ridiculous? Very.
But the Muppets have finally had their say about the whole thing, and it’s just a little bit brilliant. In a recent press conference, Kermit and Miss Piggy themselves responded as follows:
And this, my friends, is what is so magnificent about the Muppets. Case closed!
Check Out The Dark Side of The Moon
Who hasn’t listened to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of The Moon? Admittedly that album really has nothing to do with this item, except that it still stands up a bazillion years after it came out. Oh, and the band really mined the idea that the dark side of the moon is oh so mysterious.
Anyway, thanks to NASA’s GRAIL (Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory) and their lunar spacecrafts Ebb and Flow using their MoonKams, they were able to circle around the dark side and film it.
While they didn’t find Transformers, lost socks or pens (where do the socks and pens go? To another dimension?), they did find out that the dark side’s surface is very rough with lots of craters.
The MoonKam cameras are geared toward students. The students can pick and choose what the cameras will record. This is a very cool way to get kids interested in science and to think of it as something cool rather than darkish. Can you imagine being a middle school kid and telling NASA, “Hey let’s shoot this!” and they do?
“The quality of the video is excellent and should energize our MoonKAM students as they prepare to explore the moon,” Maria Zuber, GRAIL principal investigator from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge told the New York Daily News.
The clip shows the Mare Orientale, a 560 mile wide basin that straddle across the front and back of the moon and the Drygalski Crater.
You’ve Been Mozart’d!
There has been a long-standing theory that listening to Mozart makes you smarter. This had led to such bizarre occurrences as slacker college students discovering classical music while cramming for exams and pregnant women placing headphones on their bellies in an attempt to breed super babies. But alas, it may have all been in vain: New evidence suggests that this theory isn’t exactly accurate.
The theory, called the Mozart Effect, first popped up in 1993 when neurobiologists Gordon Shaw, Frances Rauscher, and Katherine Ky found that students who listened to a Mozart sonata for ten minutes developed a temporary increase in spatial-temporal reasoning. However, according to Popsci, the theory is bunkum: In 2010, a team of Austrian researchers analyzed the results from 39 different attempts to replicate the original experiment. Their conclusions? “Mozart Effect, Schmozart Effect”—which is what they called the paper detailing their findings.
But don’t give up on music yet! Listening to it can still give brains a boost, as long as you’re listening to something that makes you feel good. So go on. Listen to Justin Bieber if it makes you happy. We won’t tell—and the results might be positive!
Incredible Northern Lights Footage
Last week had a lot of solar flare activity. At the most the flares disturbed radio and TV signals, the best….incredible dancing Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) over Norway. The Associated Press shot the below video Britavarre, Norway. The video is spectacular. It doesn’t look real, rather something that Speilberg by the way of Disney dreamed up for a fantasy movie.
Good Idea/Bad Idea: Watchman Prequel Comics
DC has been sort of baffling lately, what with the reboot of the entire universe, the bizarre new costumes that went with said reboot, and so on. So now I offer this little tidbit for your consideration: DC has just announced that they’ll be releasing a series of prequel comics based on Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ brilliant Watchmen. Good idea? Or really, horribly terrible idea?
The project will be called Before Watchmen and will follow the earlier years of the six primary Watchmen characters (The Comedian, Doctor Manhattan, Nite Owl, Ozymandias, Rorschach, and Silk Spectre), as well as the pre-Watchmen Minutemen team. The team behind it sounds promising; Brian Azzarello of 100 Bullets, Eisner winner Darwyn Cooke, Babylon 5’s J. Michael Straczynski, and original Watchmen editor Len Wein are all on board. However, creator Alan Moore is incredibly anti-Before Watchmen, although because of the contract he signed with DC in the ‘80s, there’s nothing he can do about it. It’s not about the money, by the way; he told the New York Times,“I don’t want money. What I want is for this not to happen. As far as I know, there weren’t that many prequels or sequels to Moby Dick.”
While I realize that sometimes comics creators can get a little precious about their work, Alan Moore usually has his head screwed on pretty straight, so his argument is pretty convincing. Some things really should just be left alone. But on the other hand, maybe DC will surprise us and pull out something unexpectedly awesome. What do you think, Watchmen fans? Could this seriously rock, or is it a recipe for disaster?
Have a wonderful week!
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.
PJ Gach is Senior Editor: Style + Beauty at BettyConfidential.