I don't always start my oddities posts with gifs. But when I do, they're good.
Ah....the dreaded blue screen of death. How many adolescent porn sessions were interrupted buy the dreaded blue screen?
*fap fap fap* Daww......
Oh, I'm sorry.....was that too NSFW for this early on a Tuesday?
Meh....can't say that I really care. I mean, it is Tuesday, after all. The day after Monday. Which makes it the second worst day of the week. Unless you work with that damn camel. Then Wednesday is the worst. And not only that, but you have my sympathies for having to work with an annoying spit factory.
Since I brought it up, I suppose I should get Tell The Truth Tuesday out of the way, shouldn't I? I know you're all dying to know if I was telling the truth yesterday.
I was. It's true. The Dry Valleys in Antarctica haven't had any precipitation for 2,000,000 years. Suck on that drought California! Maybe quit your whining? The second driest place on the planet isn't too much better. That would be the Atacama Desert in Chile. On average, it gets just .004 inches of rain a year. Or, to put it another way, it gets 4 inches of rain every 1,000 years.
And just in case you were wondering, Mawsynram village in India is the wettest place on Earth. Every year they get 467 inches of rain. That's over 12 meters! An inch and a 1/3 a day! Those aren't beards the men grow....it's mold.
So there you have it. Dry and wet. I'll skip the obvious jokes and move right along to todays subject.
Star Trek. A beloved franchise. We could argue about which is better, the original or the next generation; Wrath of Khan or the Voyage Home. But you'd lose because I'm always right. And they're all good. (except for Enterprise.....yeech!)
For many people, the first thing that pops into their heads when they think of Star Trek is the theme song. That ethereal, spooky, sort of other-worldly sound that can only come from a theremin.
Gene Roddenberry approached Alexander Courage to compose the theme for a new show he was producing. Alexander read the script, and didn't think too much of it. He was sure it would never be picked up, and the pilot would be the only time the song would be heard, so he just whipped it out. (the theme, not his...you know...)
So when Roddenberry, a man who never looked at a chance to make a profit walk away, asked if he could write lyrics to the theme. Courage said sure. Because, who cares if there's words to the dumb theme. It's not going past pilot, right?
So, even though they are never sung, the opening theme to Star Trek does have lyrics. And when the network picked up the series, Courage learned another lesson. Since Roddenberry officially wrote lyrics, and was credited as a composer, Courage now had to share the royalties with him 50/50. Every time that theme is played, either in a rerun, or someplace else, half of Courages profit goes to Roddenberrys estate.
Because I know you're all curious, here are the lyrics to Star Trek:
The rim of the star-light
Is wand'ring in star-flight
He'll find in star-clustered reaches
Strange love a star woman teaches.
His journey ends never
His star trek
Will go on forever.
But tell him
While he wanders his starry sea
Remember, remember me.
Here is a link to the full version with lyrics. (note: this is how it was composed. not how it was played on the show)
And you though Miley Cyrus wrote bad lyrics.....