Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Living for Facts

Laurent wanted to be sure that everyone knows that the above photos were taken on the weekend. Done.

And here's Émile looking cute, just before losing his lunch.

My mind is finally affected by Lucy's big questions (usually posed at night, just after mama has turned out the light, and is about to close the door.) I found myself wondering:

How big is the universe?
How many stars are there in the universe?
Is there an infinite number of facts?

If you are like me, then you want to know the answers. Luckily, a lot of people wonder these things (except possibly the last?)

  • The universe is estimated to be 150 billion light years in size, and rapidly expanding. Wheeeeeeee!
  • There may be at least 70 sextillion stars in the sky, but we can't know for sure at this point. 70 sextillion is 7 followed by 22 zeros. Smaller than one googol, which, as any five year old (at least the ones in this house) can tell you, is 1 followed by 100 zeros. An interesting side note is that this number was named by a ten year old... They also like to talk about "googolplex", which is ten to the googol, but I hesitate expounding exponents for kindergartners.
  • And the last question? Clearly, the answer is "yes", or what would we have to live for?

And, finally, the wild kingdom had a photo shoot.

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