Recently, Danish physicist Lene Vestergaard Hau managed to slow the
speed of light by sending it through very cold globs of optical goo.
Instead of the usual 186,000 miles a second at which light tends to race
around the cosmos, she forced it, to
travel at the more sedate speed of 38 miles per hour, about the speed
of your average Grandmother-driven Cadillac. This mocking of one of
Einstein's absolutes is only the beginning of a revolutionary new
program. Currently, many scientific institutions are having monetary
issues, as less and less money is handed out to fund pure scientific
gain. The powers that be have decided that this is due to the fact that
many people feel intimidated by the sheer size of science, and that if
science was less intimidating, the money would once again flow freely.
Here then, is a sneak peak at some upcoming scientific revelations
slated for 1999.
March 6th: U.C. Davis Professor Henry Heinhold will announce that the
Earth is not 26,000 light years from the center of the galaxy, but merely 37
Furthermore, he will announce that he recently took a trip over there in
his Honda, and it wasn't all that exciting.
April 23rd: Swedish Nobel-Nominated Physicist Helga Brumenfeldenfield
will discover that e=mc2 can also be calculated as "e equaling m which
also equals c and they can all be squared."
June 6th: Boston College Professor Matt Plumb will solve one of the most
incredible mysteries of the scientific world. The number Pi will no
longer be 3.14159... ad nauseam, but as it turns out, will simply be 2.
August 12th: In a day which will be forever celebrated by all, the exact
date of the death of the Dinosaurs will be correctly established as
January 10th, 1952. For proof, paleontologist Marcia Balhoon will show
scenes from The Land of the Lost, which clearly shows Dinosaurs
interacting with human beings captured on film.
September 3rd: A German team will announce that they have successfully
mapped the human gene, and that it consists, not of millions and
millions of DNA strands, but of 16. Furthermore, they have used this
information to create life in a test tube, his name is Clyde, and he
November 28th: A Japanese Chemist will reveal that the Kelvin
temperature scale has been abandoned in favor of a new scale called "The
Temperature Scale." Absolute zero on this scale can best be described as
"Really cold. Like Alaska Cold."
December 31st: Saving the Granddaddy of them all for last, Michigan
State Fine Arts Professor Jake Hammersoft will announce to a stunned
world that, due to some clerical errors in the mid-1400's, it is not
Dec. 31, 1999, but rather Dec. 31, 1973, which means everyone has another
27 years to deal with their Y2K bugs.