Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Pluto, Saturn, Hawking, Earth's gravity--APRIL FOOL
Well, did you jump and experience a fleeting moment of less gravity?
Would you believe only one friend of mine fell for it. I'm doing much better now...I am out of the hospital and I can receive nourishment through a straw...so I am okay.
The origin of the hoax [April Fool prank] originated from the beloved Sir Patrick Moore...
On March 31st 1976, British astronomer Sir Patrick Moore announced on BBC Radio that at 9:47 PM the planet Pluto would pass behind Jupiter, temporarily causing a gravitational alignment that would counteract and lessen the Earth's own gravity. Moore told the listeners that if they jumped in the air at the exact moment that this planetary alignment occurs, they would experience a strange floating sensation. Surprisingly, many listeners called in later that day to say that the experiment worked!
Sir Patrick Moore
Pluto, Saturn, Hawking, Earth's gravity