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    Re: Batman and Robin go Camping
    From: Frank Reed CT
    Date: 2006 Dec 6, 20:01 EST
    Peter you wrote:
    "Batman is silent for a moment, and then speaks, [punch line goes here]"

    That made me laugh out loud. :-) By the way, it also tells us that Robin can't count. Millions of stars... Bah! We all know you can only see about 3000 at a time under clear, dark skies.

    I figure NavList is a safe haven for nitpicking a fictional character's knowledge of astronomy.
    :->

    This reminds me of a scene in a movie from about twenty years ago... A guy and a girl are sitting in a convertible in the hills above Los Angeles. The girl looks up at the sky and says something like "Oooo, look at the stars... there must be dozens of them!" The script writer was trying to make her sound like an air head --that "dozens" was the largest measure of the infinite that her head could hold. In fact, her astronomical accounting would be just about correct for a clear night in Los Angeles. That made me laugh, too, though in a different way.
    And here's a story about a blackout in 1994 from the LA Times:
    "At 4:31 a.m. on Jan. 17, 1994, the people of Los Angeles were shaken from bed by a fierce rumbling. Running outside for safety, many looked up and were surprised to see thousands of glowing objects in the sky, a thousand sparkling points of light. Frightened and fascinated, a good number of those people called Griffith Observatory in the days that followed for an explanation. At first, staff members were puzzled. Slowly, they realized what had happened. For the first time in their lives, many citizens of Los Angeles had seen the stars. And they didn't know what to make of them."

    -FER
    42.0N 87.7W, or 41.4N 72.1W.
    www.HistoricalAtlas.com/lunars
     
     

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