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maura @ 10:04 pm

Today we went to the AMNH because Gus wanted to see scorpions because my mom gave him a scorpion encased in lucite. We didn’t end up seeing any, though, which was fine, really, because Jonathan showed him a bunch of small animals fighting scorpions videos on YouTube.

We did see the Mythical Creatures exhibit one last time (it closes on Sunday), and then we used our complementary tickets to the space show that we’ve had for a year (since getting a membership) that expire in 3 weeks (how last minute of us!).

The space show was pretty cool — all about stuff colliding in space, the creation of the moon, the dinosaur-killing asteroid, etc. Very pretty and only a little scary-loud. Afterwards we were all spaced up so we bypassed the possibility of scorpions in the Hall of Biodiversity and went straight down to the Rose Center for Earth and Space. Did you know that Gus would weigh 15 pounds on Mars?

There are lots of black holes in Super Mario Galaxy so when we walked by a small room showing a video about black holes of course we had to go in. I hadn’t even known this room existed! It’s all tucked away in a corner, next to a gorgeous photo of the Elephant’s Trunk Nebula taken by the Hubble.

I don’t know, I mean, I really do believe in Science, but somehow I find the concept of a black hole to be kind of weak. Oh, you can’t see it, but it’s there, really! It’s just SO dark! Because it’s so heavy and everything is collapsing into it!

Somehow during the course of the video Jonathan and I started imagining Will Arnett doing the narration using a total Gob voice. Just thinking of him saying phrases like “singularity,” “event horizon,” and “accretion zone” made me giggle out loud. I kept laughing all the way home, and am still laughing now. Go ahead, try it!

6 comments on “it’s all true”

Anne (4 January 2008 at 9:07 pm)

Max was obsessed with black holes for awhile!

We have one of those scorpions, too. I got it in San Antonio, I think. Maybe Scottsdale. Not anywhere around here, but there are scorpions in South Carolina. I only mention this because what a surprise it was to me! (Like learning there are stingrays in the James River!)

Freaky stuff.

maura (4 January 2008 at 10:43 pm)

No way, I didn’t even know that SC had scorpions! And here I was going on and on to Gus about the desert. Oh well, I want to visit a desert sometime anyway, scorpions or not!

What was even more freaky was listening to Jonathan trying to explain the plot of the 70s Disney flick “The Black Hole” to Gus. Completely incomprehensible!

Anne (5 January 2008 at 1:54 pm)

We just saw that movie! My brother owns it! The evil robot’s name is Max.

maura (6 January 2008 at 11:55 am)

No way! I don’t think I have ever seen it. Is it okay for a 6 yr old? Maybe we will Netflix it. We showed Gus Home Alone over the holidays and had forgotten about some of the language, oops. Nothing too bad, lots of damns + hells, but still it made me feel guilty for not watching it again ourselves first.

Anne (8 January 2008 at 6:54 pm)

He’s a little Brooklynite, he needs to expand his vocabulary!

No cussing that I recall, but tons of robot-on-robot violence. Some robot-on-human, also. Also it is VERY weird, be prepared to explain the ending (to me!). I just asked Max, he reminded me he fell asleep through most of it. It’s not all that kid-friendly in that it’s boring and weird, which is why I fell asleep in the middle of it at that age, too. We were at a drive-in and I almost fell off the roof of the car.

maura (8 January 2008 at 8:59 pm)

Good to know. And I’m sorry to hear about the drive in! The only movie I can remember seeing at the drive in as a kid was Bambi, and I cried and cried and cried.

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