January 15, 2013 9:24 pm

Send Us Your Cosmic Quips and Clips

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Here at StarTalk Radio, it’s no secret that we believe that science and comedy work quite well together. And while it’s true that adding a little humor into the mix makes it easier for some people to enjoy (and understand) the science, it is also true that adding a little science into some humor can make for an explosive combination that makes you think while it makes you laugh.

For instance, take this tweet we saw from @MockingbirdDan:

“If I melt dry ice can I swim without getting wet? – Steven Wright

Or one of my favorites:

“Schrodinger’s cat walks into a bar. And doesn’t.”

What are your favorite science jokes, cartoons, videos, etc.? We’d like you to share them with us for new feature we’re calling Cosmic Quips and Clips. Just be sure that you respect copyrights and usage in whatever you send us. And if you’re a cartoonist or stand-up comic, we’re happy to give you a platform for your work.

You can send us links to YouTube videos, like this one about Neil Armstrong’s toothbrush from a young Jerry Seinfeld back in 1979:

Or this one, from Brian Regan, who imagines what it’d be like to brag about walking on the moon:

We’ll be setting up sections on our YouTube channel and our Pinterest board, as well as sharing our favorites on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter. For now, though, please submit your favorites as comments to this blog post.

That’s it for now. Keep your Cosmic Quips and Clips coming.

–Jeffrey Simons


  • Michael B

    I know you like short questions so here it is- how many dimensions are there and is time considered on of them?

    • Jeff

      Michael, we do like short questions. But for the life of me, I can’t see the cosmic quip in this…

  • Tim

    Chance of Apophis hitting us: 0.00074%. (Still better odds than @NeilTyson re-tweeting my Star Trek tune to his twitter fans.) 😉 Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUAGA_4jZ6I

    • Jeff

      Tim, I can’t speak for Neil, but I watched it and thoroughly enjoyed it. Any of you Star Trek fans out there, it’s worth a listen.

  • Nicole

    Area man integrated; now volume man.

  • Sheldon Cooper Cat (aka “my” cat) dropped some original content (if badly Photoshopping existing memes counts as original content?) on CatMoji (the world’s first social network for cats!) earlier that might be the quip you’re looking for. (no more parentheses or bad references!)

    I mean, NdT is in there. As a cat. THE INTERNET LOVES CATS. Take a gander at the horror of that love:


    I was really just enamored of the idea of a science cat that seriously reported some hardcore science for a couple days. Don’t ask me why. But that was one of the things that came from it.

    Feel free to spread it around if it’s up to cosmic quip snuff and if Monsieur Tyson digs on it, he would totally make my day by following me on Twitter. I will DM him with sexy data models yoinked from the deepest depths of the http://pds.nasa.gov archives.

    • Jeff

      Thanks for the quip, Phil!

  • Stacey
    • Jeff

      That’s great, Stacey. Thanks.

  • Nikolay

    Two atoms walk into a bar. While they’re having a drink one of them says “Oh no, i lost an electron outside!”. The other asks “Are you certain?”. The first atom answers “Yes, I’m absolutely POSITIVE!”

    • Jeff

      Good one. Thanks, Nikolay!