one thing I find hilarious is when Shakespeare quotes are used out of context
like, people are always saying “some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them” as if it’s all deep and meaningful when actually it comes from a prank letter in Twelfth Night
and “This above all: to thine own self be true” comes from Polonius in Hamlet wherein the joke is that he’s an old pompous dude giving a long and rambling speech full of contradictory pointless advice to his son
“Brevity is the soul of wit” is another joke, because again, it’s made by Polonius who will just not shut up
it’s “we are such stuff as dreams are made on” not “of “, as in, “such stuff as dreams are built on”
“wherefore art thou, Romeo” doesn’t mean “where are you, Romeo” it means “why the fuck are you called Romeo, shit, I wanted to bang you but I can’t because you’re a goddamn Montague”
all these lines have acquired a kind of dignity in text that they never had in performance or are constantly misinterpreted
It’s not necessarily bad but it is kind of funny, sometimes.
(via perseused)#shakespeare #hamlet #romeo and juliet
No,” Arthur said, “look, it’s very, very simple…. All I want… is a cup of tea. You are going to make one for me. Now keep quiet and listen.
—Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Douglas Adams (via saxifraga-x-urbium)
NASA helped invent cordless power tools. Why? Why would NASA be interested in home improvement? Well, they weren’t. What they wanted was a way for their astronauts to dig on the surface of the moon. For science and stuff. Back in those days power tools needed a lot more energy and no one had figured out how to make batteries big or efficient enough. But NASA wanted its moon dust, and by george it was goingt to get it. They teamed up with Black & Decker and soon had a battery that worked. Not only did it make tools safer and smaller, they paved the way for other battery-based tech, like ipods and cell phones.
This is why funding NASA is important. A lot of innovation and breakthroughs come from the space program that improve life on Earth.
This is why funding *all* forms of scientific research is important. Every discovery and technological leap helps us understand the world/universe we live in. Even if it seems like knowledge that won’t influence our day to day lives there are so many unexpected trickle down impacts on technology and society