“Incidentally, disturbance from cosmic background radiation is something we have all experienced.  Tune your (analog) television to any channel it doesn’t receive, and about 1 percent of the dancing static you see is accounted for by this ancient remnant of the Big Bang.  The next time you complain that there is nothing on, remember that you can always watch the birth of the universe.”  ~Bill Bryson, in A Short History of Nearly Everything ©2003

And just like that, static becomes fascinating.

1 Comment

  1. markonit

    …that is what I would think about when I was a kid and the TV stations would stop broadcasting… I can recall staring into the snow and not unlike the little girl in the “Poltergeist” movie, looking through the static and seeing “things”… did not know that I was looking at the birth of the Universe..!


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