It has been brought to my attention that way too many Americans have no idea what the Infinite Monkey Cage is, and that I have to enlighten you. It is Brian Cox and Robin Ince and a few other guests talking about science and comedy.
There. Job’s done.
Now you’re wondering who Brian Cox and Robin Ince are, because many of you are Americans who want the DNA in their food labeled or think those new-fangled fluorescent light bulbs are part of communist conspiracy to destroy our precious incandescence and put coal miners out of work. Brian Cox is a famous popularizer of astronomy; think Carl Sagan with a British accent and a face that belongs on Tiger Beat. Robin Ince is a slightly cynical comedian who will ask piercing questions and make Cox dance on stage. It’s all amusingly informative.
So now you know. You can learn more by actually listening to their podcast — if you like The Skeptics Guide to the Universe, you ought to be listening to them already.
All right, why am I telling you all this now? Because the Infinite Monkey Cage is making their first ever US tour, and you should go buy tickets. They’re going to be in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco the week of 5 March. Tickets are on sale right now. Buy them. Gooooooo. Find the city closest to you and…hey. Somehow, they forgot to book Morris, Minnesota. Dang it.
Hmmm. I wonder…Chicago is a drivable distance away, and the 7th of March happens to be the first day of our spring break. If all of you buy tickets, I could nudge Robin a bit and suggest that maybe he could reward me for my efforts in spreading the word with a ticket or two…
Even if he’s all miserly, or if I can’t get away that day, you should still go. I should go. Really, it’s worth your time. I promise.