Here is a short and disturbing story: The Riddle of the Universe and its Solution, by Christopher Cherniak. I sometimes wish I hadn’t read it.


  1. Andrew says

    Reminded me of Monty Pythons funniest joke in the world.

    Posted January 17, 2008 at 1:45 pm | Permalink
  2. Malcolm says

    Hi, Andrew,

    The same idea, yes.

    Posted January 17, 2008 at 1:49 pm | Permalink
  3. I, also, was reminded of the Monty Python episode. Anyway, I’m glad that I’m not smart enough to succumb to the Riddle’s dire effects…

    Jeffery Hodges

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    Posted January 17, 2008 at 7:21 pm | Permalink
  4. bighominid says

    I remembered the Monty Python episode only after seeing the previous comments, but before reading the comments, I was reminded of one of the Bloom County (or maybe it was Outland) comic strips in which Bill the Cat and some other folks end up in a daze — with underwear on their heads — after having a cosmic realization re: the infinitesimal odds of any given person actually coming into existence. If I can find that strip online, I’ll be sure to link to it.


    Posted January 19, 2008 at 1:14 pm | Permalink