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April 23, 2015 - Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Fracking causes earthquakes in Oklahoma, the NSA debuts a creepy recycling mascot, John Hodgman makes a dramatic exit, and Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses "StarTalk." (21:28)

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Jon: WELCOME TO "THE DAILYSHOW."

MY NAME IS JON STEWART.

WE'VE GOT A GOOD SHOW FOR YOUTONIGHT.

MY GUEST TONIGHT,ASTROPHYSICIST.

ASTROPHYSICIST.

NOT SOME REGULAR BULL ( BLEEP )PHYSICIST.

ASTROPHYSICIST.

NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON IS GOING TOBE JOINING US.

AND HE WILL EXPLAIN.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )HE WILL EXPLAIN IN GREAT DETAIL

WHY 99 TIMES OUT OF 100 SUPERMANWOULD KICK THE LIVING ( BLEEP )

OUT OF BATMAN.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )SUPERMAN-- HE CAN FLY.

HE'S INVINCIBLE.

BUT FIRST, I HOPE EVERYBODY'SRECOVERED FROM THEIR EARTH DAY

HANGOVERS AND CLEANED THE VOMITAND GOOD INTENTIONS OFF THEIR

JEANS.

( LAUGHTER )EARTH DAY.

EARTH DAY BY FAR THE MOSTPOPULAR OF THE PLANETARY

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS.

( LAUGHTER )AGAIN, MY APOLOGIES TO URANUS.

( LAUGHTER )WE--

( LAUGHTER )PROBABLY PRONOUNCING THAT

WRONG, BUT WE CERTAINLY DID NOTMEAN TO FORGET YOUR BIRTHDAY

LAST YEAR.

I HOPE THIS CARD FINDS YOU WELL.

( LAUGHTER )( APPLAUSE )

( CHEERS ) OF COURSE, THOUGH, NO MATTER

HOW MUCH WE KISS ITS ASS, THEEARTH CONTINUES TO ACT OUT.

>> GEOLOGISTS IN OKLAHOMA SAY

RECENT SMALL EARTHQUAKES IN THATSTATE ARE VERY LIKELY TRIGGERED

BY THE UNDERGROUND DISPOSAL OFWASTED WATER FROM OIL AND GAS

WELLS.

>> THAT STATE SHOOK BY NEARLY600 QUAKES LAST YEAR, MORE THAN

ANY OTHER STATE IN THE COUNTRY.

>> UNTIL 2008 THE STATE AVERAGEDONE TO TWO QUAKES MAGNITUDE

THREE OR GREATER PER YEAR.

IN 2015, IT'S AVERAGED TWO PERDAY.

>> Jon: HMMM...

♪ OAK-LA HOMA, WHERE THE GROUNDSTARTS SHAKING TWICE A DAY ♪♪

♪ OAK-LA HOMA, WHERE THE GROUNDSTARTS SHAKING TWICE A DAY ♪♪

THEATER!

JEEZ, I WONDER IF THERE'S ACONNECTION BETWEEN THE UPTICK IN

INDUSTRIAL-SCALE DRILLING ANDINJECTING OF HIGH-PRESSURE FLUID

DEEP INTO THE EARTH FRACTURINGITS SHALE ROCK AND SIPHONING OUT

THE NATURAL GAS TO THE SURGE IN ( BLEEP ) FALLING OFF

OKLAHOMANS' SHELVES IN THEMIDDLE OF THE NIGHT.

GOVERNOR.

>> WE HAVE HAD A LONG HISTORY INTHE STATE OF OKLAHOMA OF

EARTHQUAKES.

WE HAVE PEOPLE LOOKING AT WHATARE THE CAUSE OF THE

EARTHQUAKES?

ARE THEY MANMADE OR ARE THEYJUST A NATURAL COURSE OF NATURE

ITSELF?

>> Jon: IS IT, AS COMMON SENSEMIGHT SUGGEST, THE SEEMINGLY

OBVIOUS CONNECTION TO FRACKINGOR IS THE LORD USING OUR GREAT

STATE AS A SHAKE WEIGHT? WHOREALLY KNOWS WHAT'S --

( LAUGHTER )( APPLAUSE )

THAT'S UNFORTUNATE.

( LAUGHTER )WELL, GOOD NEWS, OKLAHOMA.

>> THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA SAID ITHAD ACCEPTED SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE

THAT FRACKING HAD CAUSEDHUNDREDS OF EARTHQUAKES THERE.

>> Jon: I'M SORRY, COULD YOUPLAY THE FIRST PART OF THAT

AGAIN?

>> THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA SAID ITHAD ACCEPTED SCIENTIFIC

EVIDENCE.

>> Jon: YOU'VE ACCEPTEDSCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE?

( LAUGHTER )WELL, SHOVE A DRILL UP MY ASS

AND PUMP ME FULL OF HIGHPRESSURE FRACKING LIQUID!

CAUSE THAT RIGHT THERE IS THEREAL EARTHQUAKE!

THAT IS THE REAL EARTHQUAKE!

ALSO, DO THAT BECAUSE I AMFILLED WITH NATURAL GAS.

( LAUGHTER )OKLAHOMA ADMITTING YOU HAVE A

PROBLEM IS THE FIRST STEP.

NOW THE STATE GOVERNMENT CANFINALLY STEP IN AND DO SOMETHING

ABOUT THESE OIL AND GAS FRACKINGWASTEWATER DISPOSAL WELLS.

>> ONE DAY AFTER THE OKLAHOMAGEOLOGICAL SURVEY REPORTS IT IS

VERY LIKELY THAT OIL AND GASWASTEWATER DISPOSAL WELLS

TRIGGERED THE RECENTEARTHQUAKES, HOUSE LAWMAKERS

APPROVE A BILL THAT KEEPS CITIESAND TOWNS FROM REGULATING OIL

AND NATURAL GAS DRILLINGOPERATIONS.

>> Jon: HM.

( LAUGHTER )WHAT THE ( BLEEP ), OKLAHOMA.

I MEAN, THAT'S JUST-- THAT'SJUST.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )THAT'S JUST STUPID.

YOU FINALLY ADMIT THAT FRACKINGHAS TURNED YOUR STATE INTO

ONE GIANT BROOKSTONE MASSAGECHAIR AND YOUR FIRST RESPONSE IS

TO ENSURE NO ONE CAN EVER STOPIT, WHY?

>> WHAT THEY'RE DOING NOW IS THECHEAPEST WAY TO DO IT AND IT

WORKS WELL EXCEPT FOR THEEARTHQUAKES AND THE

CONTAMINATION OF GROUNDWATER.

( LAUGHTER )>> Jon: YES.

YES.

OTHER THAN THAN THAT, MRS. LINCOLN, HOW DID YOU ENJOY THE

PLAY?

BUT WHILE SOME STATES MAY BETURNING THEIR BACK ON MOTHER

NATURE, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENTIS GETTING INTO GREEN GAME IN A

WEIRD WAY.

>> HI, I'M DUNK, AND I'M THENATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY'S

RECYCLING MASCOT.

( LAUGHTER ).

>> Jon: DEAR GOD,SPONGEBOB, WHAT HAVE THEY DONE

TO YOU?

( LAUGHTER )NOW, I HAVE MANY, MANY QUESTIONS

ABOUT THIS N.S.A. VIDEO.

FIRST OFF, HOW IS THE GOVERNMENTAGENCY WITH THE MOST

SOPHISTICATED COMPUTERTECHNOLOGY IN THE WORLD NOT

CAPABLE OF PRODUCING COMPUTERGRAPHICS AT A HIGHER LEVEL THAN

A 1980s DIRE STRAITS VIDEO?

FOR GOD'S SAKE.

LOOK AT THIS MASCOT.

IT LOOKS LIKE SOMEBODY FROM THEBLUE MAN GROUP ( BLEEP ) A TRASH

CAN!

IT'S THE WORST!

( LAUGHTER )BUT, OF COURSE, DUNK'S UNHOLY

BIRTH RAISES ANOTHER QUESTION.

WHAT DOES THE N.S.A. HAVE TO DOWITH RECYCLING ANYWAY?

>> N.S.A. HAS BEEN GOING GREENFOR OVER 25 YEARS.

IMPLEMENTING COUNTLESSINITIATIVES TO BE

ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY.

NOW, YOU MAY BE ASKING YOURSELFWHY DO WE NEED TO KEEP OUR STUFF

OUT OF LANDFILLS?

>> Jon: DUNK?

HOW DO YOU KNOW WHAT I'M ASKINGMYSELF?

( LAUGHTER )YOU REALLY DO WORK FOR THE

N.S.A.

( LAUGHTER )SO WE'VE ESTABLISHED YOU'RE A

MONSTROSITY BORN OF THE LOVEBETWEEN SOMEONE WHO IS IN THE

BLUE MAN GROUP AND A WASTECONTAINER?

AND THAT YOU CAN READ MYTHOUGHTS AND THAT YOUR

HORRIBLE MUTANT BOX MONSTER.

TWO REASONS TO FEAR AND OBEYYOU.

WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME?

>> WE'RE CHALLENGING YOU TOCONDUCT A WASTE AUDIT AT YOUR

SCHOOL.

YOU'RE GOING TO DIG THROUGH ALLTHE TRASH IN YOUR SCHOOL AND

THEN YOU'RE GOING TO ANALYZE IT.

>> Jon: HEY, KIDS, DOES ANYOF THAT TRASH HAVE PHONE NUMBERS

OR COMPUTER PASSWORDS ON IT?

DOES ANY OF THE PAPER THROWNAWAY LOOK SHREDDED?

IF SO, YOUR LITTLE FINGERSARE JUST THE RIGHT SIZE TO TRY

TO PUT THE PIECES BACK TOGETHER.

THINK OF IT AS A JIGSAW PUZZLETHAT INCRIMINATES YOUR TEACHERS.

>> YOU'LL NEED IDENTIFY THETYPES OF TRASH MAKING UP THE

WASTE STREAM OF YOUR SCHOOL ANDTHE AMOUNT OF EACH TYPE OF TRASH

BY WEIGHT AND VOLUME.

THEN YOU'LL USE MATH.

>> Jon: HOLD THE PHONE!

YOU'RE TELLING ME FIRST THE KIDSGET TO GO THROUGH A BUNCH OF

GARBAGE, AND THEN FOR DESSERT,THEY GET TO USE MATH!

DUNK.

YOU'RE MY BEST FRIEND.

LOOK HERE, DUNK!

( LAUGHTER )OUR KIDS GET PLENTY OF LESSONS

ON RECYCLING FROM EVERYWHEREELSE IN THE WORLD.

YOU WANT TO EDUCATE THEM, TELLTHEM N.S.A. IS REALLY UP TO.

>> HEY, JON, IT'S ME, DUNK!

>> Jon: DUNK?

>> I HEARD WHAT YOU WERE SAYINGABOUT ME.

( LAUGHTER ).

>> Jon: HOW?

>> I WAS WATCHING THE SHOW!

>> Jon: DUNK, WE TAPE AT6:00.

WE'RE DOING THIS AT 6:00.

THE SHOW HASN'T EVEN AIRED YET.

>> RIGHT, NOT PUBLICLY.

ANY-HOO!

YOU KNOW, JUST BECAUSE WE'RE ASPY AGENCY DOESN'T MEAN WE DON'T

CARE ABOUT THE PLANET?

>> Jon: SURE NO, I GUESS ISHOULDN'T BE SO CYNICAL.

THAT'S JUST, YOU KNOW,SOMETIMES, STORIES COME OUT

ABOUT CERTAIN AGENCIES THAT MAKE

IT SEEM LIKE THEY CAN'T BETRUSTED OR THEY'RE OUT TO HURT

US, RATHER THAN HELP US, WHENREALLY IN A LOT OF WAYS, WHAT--

DUNK WHAT, ARE YOU DOING?

WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

>> AH, NOTHING, NOTHING.

>> Jon: ARE YOU SCANNINGME?

>> NO, NO! TARGET HAS BEENAQUIRED.

THE JEW IS IN THE BAGEL.

I REPEAT, THE JEW IS IN THEBAGEL!

>> Jon: WE'LL BE RIGHTBACK.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

NOW WE ALWAYS, WE ALWAYS LIKE TOCHECK IN WITH OUR FRIEND

DERANGED BILLIONARY JOHNHODGMAN.

USUALLY JOHN WILL GIVE US SOMEIDEA ABOUT WHY HE'S DROPPING BY.

BUT THIS TIME HE JUST SAID HEHAD A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT.

SO I GUESS WELCOME TO THE SHOWJOHN HODGMAN.

JOHN HODGMAN, EVERYBODY!

NICE TO SEE YOU, JOHN. GOOD TOSEE YOU.

THANKS FOR STOPPING BY ANDJOINING US.

>> CAN YOU STOP TALKING NOW? ISTHE CAMERA ON ME?

>> Jon: YES.

>> GOOD, THANK YOU.

JON, THE REASON I CALLED YOUHERE TODAY --

>> Jon: WELL, I'M HERE EVERYDAY.

IT'S MY SHOW. SO I'M HERE-- IT'SNOT LIKE YOU --

>> PLEASE, JON, THIS IS HARD

ENOUGH WITHOUT YOUR BLUBBERING.

I HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY.

I HAVE BEEN APPEARING ON THISSHOW FOR ALMOST 10 YEARS NOW.

THIS SHOW DOESN'T DESERVE ANEVEN SLIGHTLY RESTLESS DERANGED

BILLIONAIRE -->> Jon: WHAT?

>> AND SO I'M MOVING ON.( AUDIENCE REACTS )

>> Jon: REALLY?

>> THE POINT IS, I'M RETIRING TOAN EXCLUSIVE GATED COMMUNITY.

>> Jon: WOW! YOU'RE GOING TOFLORIDA?

>> NO, JON, AN EXCLUSIVE GATEDCOMMUNITY ON MARS.

>> Jon: MARS, THE PLANET MARS?

>> YEAH.

TECHNICALLY IT'S CALLEDSUMMERWINE LINKS AT THE

HELLAS IMPACT CRATER.

BUT WE JUST CALL IT THE COLONY,STAR WIPE.

AH, THAT WAS GOOD.

>> Jon: YEAH, USUALLY WHENYOU DO A STAR LIFE IT'S TO GO TO

A DIFFERENT SHOT.

>> PICKY, PICKY.

YOU DIRECT ONE MOVIE AND ALL OFA SUDDEN YOU'RE

FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT.

YOU KNOW, TRUFFAUT LOVED STARWIPES, BY THE WAY, LOVED THEM.

THE POINT IS, BOTHERING YOU,JON, WAS THE ONLY REASON I STUCK

AROUND IN THIS INCREASINGLYSOCIALIST CESSPOOL OF A PLANET.

AND NOW WITH YOU'RE LEAVING IT'STIME FOR ME TO REJOIN MY KIND.

>> Jon: WHAT THE -- STAR WIPE!

WHAT? ARE YOU SAYINGYOU'RE A MARTIAN?

>> WHAT? NO WE GOT RID OF THEMARTIANS -- THEY WERE

TANKING OUR PROPERTY VALUES.

I'M JUST A VERY WEALTHY HUMANWHO SUMMERS OFF PLANET.

JON, WE .01%-ERS HAVE HAD ASPACE COLONY FOR YEARS.

>> Jon: WHY?

>> WELL, MARS IS A BILLIONAIRE'SPARADISE-- NO TAXES NO,

REGULATIONS, NO UNIONS.

PLUS THERE'S INFINITE ROOM FOROUR LAVISH ORGIES.

WE STILL HAVE TO WEAR OURSPACESUITS, THOUGH.

SAFETY FIRST.

( LAUGHTER ).

>> Jon: SO YOUR ORGIES ARE JUSTMOSTLY JUST DRY HUMPING

IN SPACE?

>> WE CALL IT THUMPING CROTCHPLATES.

( LAUGHTER )>> Jon: JOHN, HOW DOES THIS

SOCIETY MADE UP OF ONLYBILLIONAIRES FUNCTION.

BECAUSE DON'T YOU NEED NON-RICHPEOPLE TO PROVIDE YOU BASIC

SERVICES? YOU'RE NOTGOING TO DO IT YOURSELVES

-- BUILD INFRASTRUCTURE, DANCEFOR YOUR AMUSEMENT.

>> YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. OFCOURSE.

WHY DO YOU THINK WE BILLIONAIRESARE SO OBSESSED WITH COMMERCIAL

SPACE TRAVEL.

>> AMAZON FOUNDER JEFF BEZOS'SCOMPANY BLUE ORIGIN

SAYS IT'S READY TO STARTSUBORBITAL TEST FLIGHTS

THIS YEAR.

>> BRANSON'S IN ON IT. ELON MUSKIS IN ON IT.

>> THIS IS BRAGGING RIGHTS FORPEOPLE WHO CAN SPEND A QUARTER

MILLION DOLLARS FOR ABOUT FIVEMINUTES OF WEIGHTLESSNESS.

>> Jon: SO YOU'RE SAYINGTHAT YOUR-- ON MARS, YOUR

MIGRANT WORKERS-->> ARE LOWLY MILLIONAIRES, YES.

BUT, SOMEONE HAS TO UNCLOG OURSPACE TOILETS AND CLEAN OUR

CROTCH PLATES

>> Jon: THAT MAKES SENSE.

>> WELL, I COULD TALK ABOUTCROTCH PLATES ALL NIGHT BUT I'VE

GOT TO GET GOING.

SO PUT ON MY HELMET.

>> Jon: ALL RIGHT.

( APPLAUSE )ENJOY YOUR ROCKET TRIP.

>> ROCKET TRIP, JON?

YOU THINK I'M GOING COACH.

THESE DAYS THE BEST PEOPLE ALLTRAVEL BY MYSTERIOUS COSMIC

MONOLITH.

OH, THERE IT IS NOW.

FAREWELL, EARTHLINGS.

BAAAAM!

BAAAAM!

BAAAUM.

I AM THE STAR CHILD.

OH, MY BODY'S WEIRD.

( LAUGHTER ).

>> Jon: THAT'S THE WEIRDEST( BLEEP ) THING I'VE EVER SEEN.

FAREWELL, STAR CHILD, JOHNHODGMAN.

I GUESS NOW YOU BELONG TO THEAGES.

>> HI, I FORGOT SOMETHING.

( LAUGHTER )I'M LEAVING BEHIND HUNDREDS OF

EMPTY INVESTMENT CONDOS, YOUKNOW, TO MAKE SURE THAT

NEW YORK IS FOREVER UNAFFORDABLEFOR THE MIDDLE CLASS.

>> Jon: OKAY.

>> SO COULD YOU WATER MY PLANTS?

>> Jon: SURE. >> THANK YOU.

>> Jon: BY THE WAY, THERE WAS ALIGHT SHOW, YOU TURN INTO A

BABY. WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT?

>> YEAH, WOULDN'T THINKABOUT IT TOO HARD, JON.

IT'S VERY DEEP.

ANYWAY, GOOD-BYE!

OH, AND THAT WHOLE THING ABOUTBILLIONAIRES BEING ESSENTIAL JOB

CREATORS, YEP, WE MADE THAT UP.

GOOD NIGHT.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )YOU KNOW, SO, THE POORS WOULDN'T

KILL US.

THE ONLY THING THAT REALLYTRICKLED DOWN WAS

BULL ( BLEEP ). GOOD-BYE!

>> Jon: JOHN HODGMAN,EVERYBODY.

BON VOYAGE.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

MY GUEST TONIGHT ANASTROPHYSICIST AND THE DIRECTOR

OF THE HAYDEN PLANETARIUM.

HIS NEW SHOW FOR THE NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL IS CALLED

"STAR TALK."

>> THE CLOSER ARE YOU TO ASTRONG SOURCE OF GRAVITY, THE

SLOWER YOUR TIME TICKS RELATIVETO PEOPLE YOU LEFT AT HOME.

>> YEAH.

>> AND SO IF YOU'RE GOING TOCOMMIT TO A VISIT OF A PLANET

WHERE TIME IS TICKING MORESLOWLY, THEN YOU'VE GOT TO BE

PREPARED FOR THECONSEQUENCES OF THAT.

HOW MUCH MORE SLOWLY IS ITTICKING?

>> YEAH.

>> AND WHAT ARE THE AGES OF YOURKIDS RELATIVE TO YOU WHEN YOU GO

BACK AND -->> YEAH, WELL, BEFORE I GO DOWN

THAT BRAND, ANNE HATHAWAY'SCHARACTER HAS A LINE, YOU KNOW,

SHE SAYS "WE'VE GOT TO VIEW TIMEAS A RESOURCE" LIKE OXYGEN.

>> AS A COMMODITY.

>> AND FOOD. EXACTLY.

>> THAT'S A GREAT LINE.

>> AND I JUST THOUGHT IT WAS ACOOL IDEA.

>> Jon: THE BLOND GUYDIDN'T KNOW WHAT NEIL WAS

TALKING ABOUT.

PLEASE WELCOME BACK TO THEPROGRAM NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON!

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )YOUNG MAN!

PLEASE.

WHAT AN EXCITING TIME.

>> OH, MAN.

>> Jon: SO NICE TO SEE YOU.

>> HOW YOU DOING, MAN?

>> Jon: WHAT AN EXCITINGTIME TO BE YOU AND AN

ASTROPHYSICIST.

>> YOU'RE LEANING IN HERE.

MAN, OKAY.

>> Jon: LET ME ASK YOUTHIS.

ARE WE GOING TO LIVE ON MARS?

>> AS FAR AS I CAN TELL NO TIMESOON.

>> Jon: NO TIME SOON.

>> YEAH, BECAUSE MARS IS-- YOUKNOW, PEOPLE WANT TO GO THERE

AND HANG OUT -->> Jon: RIGHT. RIGHT.

>> AND YOU HAVE TOREMIND THEM THAT, LIKE, YOU

CAN'T BREATHE THE AIR. RIGHT?

LITTLE-- LITTLE FACTS -- YOUKNOW, THE PILGRIMS CAME FROM

EUROPE TO THE NEW WORLD.>> Jon: YES.

>> WHEN THEY GOT OFF THE"MAYFLOWER" THEY COULD BREATHE

THE AIR. RIGHT?

LIKE THE TREES-- THE TREES INTHE NEW WORLD WERE MADE OF WOOD,

JUST LIKE THE TREES THEY BUILTTHEIR SHIPS WITH.

>> Jon: YES.

>> SO THEY COULD REPAIR THEIRSHIPS AND PEOPLE WERE THERE TO

GREET THEM IN THE NEW WORLD.

IF I GO TO MARS-- NO.

NO.

>> Jon: YOU CAN'T BREATHE.

>> NO, YOU CAN'T BREATHE.

YOU CAN'T REPAIR YOUR SHIP.

>> Jon: THE, THE -- SO WHAT--WHAT-- WHAT HAS LIT A

FIRE FOR YOU SCIENTIFICALLYRIGHT NOW?

YOU ALWAYS HAVE A LITTLESOMETHING IN YOUR POCKET THAT

GIVES YOU THE PASSION, THESPARK.

WHAT IS IT IN THE SCIENCE WORLDRIGHT NOW THAT'S GOT YOU THERE?

>> I'VE GOT TO SAY IT'S NOT EVENABOUT SCIENCE.

IT'S-- IT'S THE WARMTH-- THERISE OF THE WARMTH THAT I SEE IN

THE PUBLIC FOR LEARNING ABOUTSCIENCE.

>> Jon: OH, REALLY?

>> AND THE EXCITEMENT THATBRINGS.

>> Jon: YOU FEEL THEDIFFERENCE?

>> I FEEL. IT.

OH MAN.

OH

>> Jon: THAT'S INTERESTING.

>> YOU KNOW WHAT IT IS.

IT'S NOT JUST THIS IS SCIENCE,LET ME LEARN ABOUT IT.

IT'S THAT THERE IS A CULTURETHAT THINKS ABOUT SCIENCE AND

LIKES SCIENCE -->> Jon: RIGHT.

>> THAT IS RISINGUP IN THIS COUNTRY.

>> Jon: RIGHT.

>> AND IT'S EXEMPLIFIED BY --LIKE THE GEEKOSPHERE LED THAT.

>> Jon: RIGHT. NOW IS GEEK, ISGEEK A WORD?

IS THAT SOMETHING I CAN USE ORONLY YOU GUYS CAN USE?

IS THAT -- HOW DOES THAT--

>> WELL, I'LL TELLYOU. IN THE OLD DAYS --

>> Jon: YEAH.

>> I'M OLD ENOUGH TOREMEMBER THE OLD DAYS.

>> Jon: YEAH.

>> IF YOU WERE A GEEK IN HIGHSCHOOL.

>> Jon: YEAH.

>> YOU WERE THE ONE WHOGOT THE WEDGY BY THE

FOOTBALL QUARTERBACK.>> Jon: RIGHT.

>> YOU WERE THE ONEWHO WERE EXPLOITED --

>> Jon: RIGHT.

>> CALLED YOU FOUR-EYES,OR WHATEVER IT IS.

AND THEN THE QUARTERBACK LEARNEDTHAT THEY NEEDED YOU --

>> Jon: RIGHT.

>> TO FIX THEIR COMPUTER.

AND THEN THE STOCK VALUE OFGEEKS ROSE.

THE RICHEST PERSON IN THE WORLDIS THE PATRON SAINT OF NERDS,

BILL GATES.

SO THE WORLD IS DIFFERENTBECAUSE OF THIS.

BECAUSE WE ONLY ENTER THE FUTUREON THE INTELLECTUAL CAPITAL

BROUGHT TO THIS WORLD BY THEGEEK-O-SPHERE.

( APPLAUSE )

LET ME ASK YOU A QUESTION.>> WHAT'S THAT?

>> Jon: AND I WANT TO GET YOURTAKE ON THIS BECAUSE, OBVIOUSLY,

YOU'RE A LEARNED MAN.

YOU'RE AN EDUCATED MAN.

YOU'RE A MAN DEALS IN FACT ANDREALITY.

SUPERMAN VERSUS BATMAN.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )YOU KNOW, SO THERE'S BEEN SOME

DISCUSSION IN THE AUDIENCE -->> YEAH.

>> Jon: ABOUT WHO WOULD WIN,SUPERMAN VERSUS BATMAN.

WHO WOULD WIN, SUPERMANVERSUS BATMAN?

PERSONALLY, I DON'T EVEN HAVE AQUESTION-- BATMAN'S JUST A GUY

WITH A NICE BELT.

SUPERMAN IS INVINCIBLE.

HE IS FASTER THAN A SPEEDINGBULLET.

HE CAN FLY.

HE CAN -- I JUST, I DON'TEVEN SEE IT AS A CONTEST.

>> I WOULD TELL YOU WHATIT'S ABOUT.

I WOULD TELL YOU.

I WOULD TELL YOU. OKAY?

WHO DOES BATMAN REPORT TO?THE MAYOR --

>> Jon: COMMISSIONERGORDON.

>> YEAH, YEAH. THECOMMISSIONER --

THE POLICE COMMISSIONER ANDULTIMATELY THE MAYOR.

>> Jon: YEAH.

>> WHO DOES SUPERMAN REPORT TO?

>> Jon: THE GUY IN THE ICECASTLE.

>> YEAH, YEAH, RIGHT. SO IT'S NOONE WE KNOW.

IT'S NO ONE WE HAVE ANY INSIGHTINTO.

>> Jon: EXACTLY.

>> HE JUST BEHAVES IN WHATEVERWAY HE WANTS.

>> Jon: YES.

>> SO AT THE END OF THE DAY WHATMIGHT MATTER IS THE PUBLIC

RECEPTION OF THE SUPERHERO ANDSUPERHERO'S CONDUCT.

AND IF BATMAN EXECUTES OURWISHES IN THE CITY AND SUPERMAN

DOES WHAT THE HELL HE WANTS,THAT'S-- THAT-- THAT'S A

CONFLICT.

>> Jon: YOU CANNOT BE AGUY IN A LEOTARD AND NOT

-- AND JUST BE HUMAN.

LIKE SUPERMAN CAN GET AWAY WITHIT CAUSE HE'S SUPERMAN.

>> AND THESE ARE BLUE LEOTARDS,YEAH, PANTYHOSE,

WHATEVER HE'S WEARING --( LAUGHTER )

>> Jon: THAT'S RIGHT. BUT IRONMAN I THINK FIGURED SOMETHING

OUT, WHICH IS THAT I SHOULD WEARIRON AND NOT A LEOTARD.

( LAUGHTER )>> THAT'S RIGHT -- BASIC FACTS.

>> WHEN IS "STAR TALK" ON?

>> OH, THANKS.

IT'S-- IT JUMPED SPECIES TOTELEVISION.

>> Jon: IT DID.

IT WAS ON THE RADIO. IT WAS ARADIO SHOW.

>> AND DID YOU KNOW, HE WAS ONAN ORIGINAL EPISODE OF

"STAR TALK."

>> Jon: THE ORIGINAL "STARTALK."

>> AND I FOUND OUT, THAT'SWHEN I FOUND OUT HE MAJORED

IN CHEMISTRY IN COLLEGE AND THENI ASKED THE GEEK QUESTION

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE ELEMENT?

AND HE SAYS I HAVE A FAVORITEELEMENT.

I HAD A POSTER OF IT ON MY WALL.>> Jon: WHAT'S UP? WHAT'S UP?

>> IT'S CARBON.>> Jon: BOOM.

>> AND I SAID WHY IS IT CARBON,AND HE SAID, BECAUSE HE KNEW

THAT CARBON COMBINES WITH ALLOTHER ELEMENTS ON THE TABLE.

AND HE SAID CARBON IS LIKE THESLUT OF THE PERIODIC TABLE OF

ELEMENTS. THAT'S IT!

( LAUGHTER )( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Jon: BONDED WITH EVERYBODY.

CARBON IS ALWAYS LIKE-- OH,SNAP.

WHAT IS THAT, OXYGEN?

GIVE ME TWO OF THOSE BAD BOYS.

>> THAT'S EXACTLY RIGHT!THAT'S RIGHT, I MEAN CO2 --

>> Jon: OH --HYDROGEN.

>> YEAH, GIVE ME FOUR OF THOSE.

CH-4.

YEAH.

>> Jon: I'M GOING TO ESTER THAT( BLEEP ).

>> SO, SO "STAR TALK" IS ABOUTGETTING PEOPLE --

>> Jon: YEAH. YEAH.

>> HEWN FROM POPCULTURE SUCH AS YOURSELF --

>> Jon: YEAH.

>> AND EXPLORING ALL THEWAYS SCIENCE HAS MATTERED IN

THEIR LIVES.

SO IT REVEALS THE FACT THATSCIENCE MANIFESTS EVEN IN OUR

CHERISHED POP CULTUREINSTITUTIONS.

>> Jon: YOU KNOW WHAT ILOVE ABOUT THAT?

THAT TO ME IS THE SLOGAN FORYOU. "SCIENCE MATTERS."

I LIKE THAT.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

"STAR TALK" AIRS ON THENATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

CHANNEL MONDAYS AT 11:00.

NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON!

>> Jon: THAT'S OUR SHOW.

HERE IT IS YOUR MOMENT OF ZEN.

>> WHAT CATEGORIES WILL YOUINVESTIGATE-- PAPER, CARDBOARD,

PLASTIC BOTTLES, ALUMINUM CANS?

IT'S UP TO YOU TO FIGURE ALLTHAT OUT.

SO GOOD LUCK, AND MAKE ME HAPPY.

THE MORE YOU FILL ME UP, THEHAPPIER I AM.

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