It should be noted though that this myth didn't start with Disney. Wikipedia mentions it was widespread enough to be referenced in the 1951 Cyril M. Kornbluth short story "The Marching Morons", and a 1953 American Mercury article.

Also, just from my own recollection, the 1953 Arthur C. Clarke short story "The Possessed" is… » 3/21/14 2:37pm 3/21/14 2:37pm

I was a little disappointed by how some of the visuals, though spectacular, were very inaccurate. The Sun filling the entire sky from Mercury, for example. It just isn't that close. This looked more like how things would look from orbit around one of those exoplanets that's practically skimming its star, or a comet… » 3/10/14 5:30pm 3/10/14 5:30pm

wikipedia reveals that this asteroid was observed exactly once —- 14 years ago, and hasn't been seen since. Had I known that, I would have had a different expectation.
I was already a little suspicious, because I had to read 3 web-articles to discover that it was passing 2 million miles away —— every web article… » 2/18/14 5:00pm 2/18/14 5:00pm

My favorite Alec Guinness bit is the story that a kid came up to him and said, "I've seen Star Wars 65 times!" (or whatever).

And he replied, "Now, promise me you'll never see it again."

I don't think he was really crapping on Star Wars, I think his point was —- "Kid, have you see Casablanca? Maltese Falcon? Perhaps some… » 1/21/14 7:30am 1/21/14 7:30am

So whenever these type of stories pop up, I'm curious to know, what's the closest black hole to Earth? Despite some contenders (like one whose first estimate was 1500 lightyears, then later revised to more like 15,000 lightyears), the answer still seems to be Cygnus X-1, at about 6100 lightyears. » 1/18/14 1:40am 1/18/14 1:40am

I had never played Nintendo64 GoldenEye, but I always saw it on Top Ten Games of All Time lists.
So in 2010 I bought a Nintendo64 on eBay (it came with the GoldenEye cartridge) for $25 plus postage.
Worth it!

(I did eventually acquire Perfect Dark and The World Is Not Enough as well). » 1/13/14 2:26am 1/13/14 2:26am