Questions to Monsieur Internet: The Oldest Working Hollywood Actor, Earth Without Humans and the Sounds of the Sun.
The important thing is not to stop questioning.
- Albert Einstein
Who is the oldest working Hollywood actor?
Norman Lloyd was born in 1914, destined for a long and fruitful life. 130 movies, countless theater plays and several radio productions are just a little fraction of Norman's biography; Lloyd worked along Orson Welles, played tennis with Charlie Chaplin and took place in, not only the eminent Golden Age of Hollywood, but in nearly every facet of it's film industry. Witnessing it evolve while being part of it's metamorphosis.
His career as actor, producer and director embraces eight long decades. Today, at 103 years of age, Norman Lloyd is the oldest Hollywood actor to remain in showbiz.
The Depression was remarkable because you had nothing, and the salaries, when you got a job, were very small. But you could do anything. You see, a donut was ten cents. A cup of coffee was a nickel. That was lunch, with an apple. And I would be playing a lead on a Broadway show on that kind of diet.
What would happen if suddenly all humans vanished?
Maybe this is too much of a decadent and slightly inmoral fantasy of mine; a nearly or entirely unpopulated Earth. Perhaps my fantasy is more of a pretty much fictional version of this event, inspired by unhealthy amounts of science fiction books and post-apocalyptical movies. Yet, what would really happen if, out of the blue, all of us vanished?
Earth would eventually 'reset' itself - however the process would be atrocious (or fascinating depending on your viewpoint).
After two or three days the lights of the world would fade out, all captive pets and livestock would die by dehydration and those remaining would gather in packs, figuring out how to outlive and persevere in a brand new survival pyramid, exploring an unknown food chain. Within months, the cooling reserves of all nuclear power plants would run out, originating worldwide radioactive disasters (way worse than Fukushima's and Chernobyl's; for there would be nobody obstructing them). However Earth would recover rather quickly.
Around a year after our disappearance the satellites we've set on orbit will crash down back home. After 20 years, three quarters of all the sidewalks, streets and floors would be covered with grass, bushes and trees. Las Vegas and Dubai would be scattered with sand.
The air and water would be pure and unpolluted.
In 300 years, grand and iconic iron structures such as the Eiffel Tower and The Golden Gate would crumble down due to the lack of protection against corrosion. After the last dams collapse, splendid rivers would regain their natural paths through the countries and continents. Animal species would thrive and nature would slowly recover what once and always belonged to her.
In 10,000 years the only structures left would be those created solely out of stone, and in a couple million years, new forms of intelligent life could begin to evolve and never discover there was a complex civilization before them.
The most interesting question perhaps is, what would it be of your life if you would be the only human left on Earth?
How does the Sun sound like?
Sound is a complicated thing in Outer Space. Noise is a wave, an oscillation in the density of matter; water or air in our case. Outside of our planet recording sounds is a major task since, without atmosphere, sound waves can't travel. This, nevertheless, doesn't mean we cannot hear planets and stars, if you’re clever about it and collect the necessary amounts of technology, you can record the vibrations of these waves and translate the data into sound.
We can inspect the fire bubbles rising above the surface of our mother star, convert their shivering fluctuation into data and render it with a voice and volume. With an awarding result of musical notes out of every solar explosion.
To listen, press down here...