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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Thursday links:

* If you thought last night's ABC debate was a travesty, you're not alone. The worst thing I've heard about the debate thus far—and that's saying a lot—is that Stephanopolous let Hannity write some of his questions.

* 'No truth to claims that 13-year-old found NASA error.' NASA stands by its calculation that Asteroid Apophis has only a 1 in 450,000 chance of striking Earth.

* The perfect length for a song has been proven to be 2 minutes and 52 seconds.

You need more proof? Jerk. Let’s look at Sgt. Pepper. “Lovely Rita” is two minutes, 42 seconds. It delivers that psychedelic vibe and a coda but then gets the hell out of your life.

Compare that to “With a Little Help from My Friends.” It’s a mere two seconds longer but feels like it drags on for hours. Maybe it’s Ringo, maybe it’s the tedious melody—or maybe it’s the two goddamn seconds.

Then over here we have “Good Morning Good Morning,” rightfully discarded by the masses as a throwaway. Why? Two minutes, 41 seconds. Hey, Beatles, maybe next time think about tacking on an extra second to give a song the grandeur and majesty it deserves.
* The best films that didn't win the Best Picture Oscar.

* When Nixon Met Elvis.