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Offline bizerl

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What is an autotroph and why would it drool?
« on: 30/11/2012 05:36:37 »
As a fan of "The Big Bang Theory" which does an excellent job at reducing the magnificence of Physics down to a lowest common denomenator sitcom (but still holds up to scrutiny by sci fi enthusiasts), I have often wondered at the line the theme tune referring to the question I just asked.

So in the context of the timeline between the theoretical big bang and "The big Bang Theory" theme tune, where do "autotrophs" fit in?


 

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Re: What is an autotroph and why would it drool?
« Reply #1 on: 30/11/2012 09:03:56 »
The Big Bang theme song has the following lyrics: "The autotrophs began to drool"
(http://www.lyricstime.com/barenaked-ladies-the-big-bang-theory-lyrics.html)

Autotrophs are creatures that can make their own food by the use of sunlight (eg algae & plants) or by breaking down inorganic chemicals (eg bacteria around deep-ocean volcanic vents). They form the base of the food chain, and form the food source for the heterotrophs (which includes us). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autotroph

The "drool" comes because it rhymes with "cool" and "tool" on adjacent lines, but I guess it is saying that the autotrophs lived, consumed raw materials and grew.

More properly, it would be the heterotrophs drooling over the autotrophs (since saliva is required to digest food), but autotrophs already has too many syllables, and heterotrophs would really play havoc with the metre...
 

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Re: What is an autotroph and why would it drool?
« Reply #2 on: 30/11/2012 09:09:11 »
coz it rhymes with "cool".

there is a longer version of the song which rhymes "Australopithecus" and "sick of us"   :) ...

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« Last Edit: 30/11/2012 15:50:54 by RD »
 

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Re: What is an autotroph and why would it drool?
« Reply #3 on: 13/03/2015 05:20:17 »
The autotrophs began to drool, when they evolved into heterotrophs.
 

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Re: What is an autotroph and why would it drool?
« Reply #4 on: 13/03/2015 10:54:46 »
The Lyricist assumes that the universe will end with a "Big Crunch", which would also make quite a bang...

He had evidently not heard about the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe (attributed to the mysterious Dark Energy)...
 

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Re: What is an autotroph and why would it drool?
« Reply #5 on: 28/03/2015 23:42:58 »
Dare I ask?
black holes then, as a source?
 

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