Einstein, ACME, and science

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A while back I read an article about the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), and it had a few statistics that seem somewhat embellished to me.  Now, I’m no scientist, but I have stayed at a Holiday Inn Express.  And because of the anonymity of the Internet, I could be the smartest person in the room (as far you know).  Whether any of that is factual or not is largely irrelevant to this discussion, because we’re going to have fun with it.  Let’s get started, shall we?

Winding the solenoid coil of the CMS [Compact Muon Solenoid] took five years to complete. When it is fully operational, it will generate a magnetic field 100,000 times stronger than the one produced by the Earth.

What could possibly go wrong?  I first think of a super magnet that Wile E. Coyote bought to catch Bugs Bunny.  It was a 10,000,000,000 volt electric magnet, in a do-it-yourself (DIY) kit sold by ACME (of course).

Actually, there’s a structure made with 12,000 tons of iron to bridle the lines of the magnetic field in the LHC so normal stuff won’t get disturbed.  So they say…  Next!

Components are assembled for A Large Ion Collider Experiment, a.k.a. ALICE, an experiment to measure the matter created in the extraordinarily high temperatures — estimated at 100,000 times hotter than the sun — that existed after the Big Bang and that will be created by the particle collider.

The Earth picks up only 0.45 billionth of the sun’s daily energy output, yet that is more than 239 trillion horsepower each day.  I realize there’s more to energy than heat, but I still question their estimate.  And even more so, I wonder what their electrical bill is…  And upon further thought, would a device creating heat that’s 100,000 times hotter than the sun contribute to global warming any?  Something has to happen to the heat — you can’t just flush it down the toilet — there are those pesky laws of thermodynamics…  :)

Speaking of ACME, they had everything, didn’t they?  Did you know that the Animaniacs helped Einstein figure out the theory of relativity by singing the ACME song to make him feel better about himself?  I never learned that in school…

But wait, there’s more!  While watching the Wile E. Coyote video with the super magnet, I noticed it said “Zajaxi Dynamos” on one of the boxes instead of ACME.  Maybe it was a subsidiary?  I have no idea.  I’ve never noticed that before and never heard of that, so I googled it, and would you believe my search returned ZERO (0) results?  There is something that’s been around for decades for which Google had no answer whatsoever!  I’ve always figured you could find anything on the Internet, but I just proved otherwise.

So now let Buffet o’ Blog be the FIRST WEBSITE EVER to mention “Zajaxi Dynamos”!  How many times can you say your website is the first to ever do something in the history of the Internet?  We should win an award…  :)

And since there’s no reference to what that phrase stands for, I suppose we can make it up.  Any ideas?

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  1. Did you know that the executive producer for the Animaniacs was Steven Spielberg? And he was inspired for it from Looney Tunes! It wasn’t just from his studio — he actually was very involved in story ideas and every script. And the Animaniacs had at least one original musical score in every episode, which was Spielberg’s idea. The show had a 35-piece orchestra and 6 composers.

    There needs to be more new cartoons inspired by Looney Tunes. I’m not suggesting trying to recreate the past. But a lot of modern cartoons are just dumb. I know times change, but funny is funny. I can still watch Looney Tunes and laugh out loud, even though I’ve seen them all multiple times and they’re way older than I am. They’re just funny and well-made.

    Wikipedia says that Animaniacs won 8 Daytime Emmy awards and a Peabody Award. It’s not all mindless stupidity like many modern cartoons…

  2. While reading the link about Spielberg and the Animaniacs, I saw where one executive at the WB was responsible for the cancellations of Animaniacs, Freakazoid!, and Pinky and the Brain. That sounds like someone who didn’t understand cartoons… maybe they should’ve been fired instead.

    Also saw that Spielberg was the executive producer of Freakazoid!, which was a great cartoon that sadly is not well-known today. Some TV station needs to get that on TV! It’s not on Netflix, either. I’m ordering the DVDs…

    For those who aren’t aware of Freakazoid!, check out this short summary from Wikipedia:
    {
    Gaining his abilities from a computer bug (becoming absorbed into his computer and instantly gaining all the information on the Internet), Freakazoid has enhanced strength and endurance, extraordinary speed, agility, and negligible amounts of sanity. These changes make him a powerful and fearsome force for upholding freedom and righteousness, unless he gets distracted by something like a bear riding a motorcycle. He has a base called the Freakalair, a parody of the Batcave, built by his mute butler, Ingmar. The Freakalair contains a “Hall of Nifty Things to Know” and even a mad scientist lab. His greatest weakness, as he once explained to a villain, is that he can be imprisoned in a cage with graphite bars charged with negative ions. He also expresses a great aversion to “poo gas.”
    }
    One of Freakazoid’s main enemies is Armando Guitierrez, who is voiced by Ricardo Montalban. He sometimes resembles Khan from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (which is a classic movie if you’re willing to laugh at it). In the cartoon, he likes to say, “Laugh with me! Laugh with me!”

    Freakazoid! also won a Daytime Emmy.

  3. Wikipedia sure can waste some time! I just learned more about cartoon characters I like.

    The voice actor for Freakazoid’s cat, Mr. Chubbikins, was Frank Welker, who is famous for voicing Fred Jones on Scooby-Doo (and later Scooby-Doo too), Marvin White and Wonder Dog in Super Friends, Droopy, Doctor Claw in Inspector Gadget, Darkseid in Super Friends, various G.I. Joe characters, Garfield, and many more, including shows The Simpsons, Animaniacs, Futurama, Family Guy, etc. He was also a voice double for Leonard Nimoy in Star Trek III. (Voice double???) Welker also voiced Steven Spielberg’s character in Freakazoid! — which is odd, because Spielberg was the executive producer, so he had to be around.

    Where I know Frank Welker from is the Transformers cartoons. He’s most famous for the voice of Megatron, but he also portrayed Soundwave, Skywarp, Mixmaster, Laserbeak, Buzzsaw, Rumble, Frenzy, Ravage, Ratbat, Mirage, Trailbreaker, Chromedome, Sludge, Wheelie, and Galvatron (who was initially voice by Leonard Nimoy in the original animated movie). He also does voices in the Transformers live action movies, such as Soundwave, Ravage, Devastator, and more, but for some reason not Megatron.

    I’m not sure how someone so distinguished ended up voicing Freakazoid’s cat…

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