Drunk History – A Sound in Space


I mean,
I didn’t do myself any favors. I really just made this drink. It’s like…
you know. [both laugh] Let’s talk about outer space. Hello, I’m Jenny Slate, and today
we’re going to talk about Arno Penzias
and Robert Wilson and their beautiful
cosmic discovery. This is my dog’s… uh, penis, and then I’ve also
had his balls removed. – Aw, shame, shame.
– Reggie. “Give me back my balls.”
You can’t have ’em. I took them away! But I have a full vagina.
[laughs] [clicks tongue] In 1960, Bell Labs made this, like,
giant listening device for NASA. But then, by the time
they were ready to use it, a better thing had been built. So then it was just, like,
by itself, all by itself in New Jersey. A lonely horn.
[sighs] But two scientists, Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson, they were like, oh, whoa, whoa! Hold on, hold on! If no one’s using that,
could we use it? They were like,
come on down to the horn. So they get to the horn. They’re like, we are beautiful
scientists with lovely minds, and we want to listen
to the sounds between the stars. Boink.
They’re like, let’s go, babe! Let’s listen up!
[laughs] Oh, God, I love thinking of them
calling each other “babe.” So they listen,
and the sound is a hundred times louder than any sound
they expected to hear. It’s like
[imitates static]. The universe is like…
[imitates static] Find out about me!
[imitates static] So they were like, what is this darn sound? [laughs] It’s coming from everywhere
in the sky at once. Everywhere, everywhere,
everywhere. [imitates static] And then they were like, no. There’s no way a sound could
come from everywhere at once, so we have to eliminate
all the other sounds that might be,
like, interfering. So first they thought maybe– Someone doesn’t care
about science. They were like, it must be
coming from, you know, New York. Urban interference, you know. New York is a city
with buildings and lights and people and subway
and blah, blah, blah. So they were like,
point it there. [hums] Pointed the horn
at New York City. No, that’s not
what we were hearing. Forget about you, New York. Maybe it’s coming
from a military base nearby. And then they just, like,
point it at the military bases, but they didn’t hear that noise
coming from there. No, it isn’t it.
[laughs] So then they were like,
okay, next. Maybe it’s from the sun. They point it at the sun,
and the sun was like, I’m just the sun.
I don’t give a [bleep]. They were like,
it’s not the sun. What the funk is this, man? And then they were like,
we should check our device. What if there’s something
inside of this thing, like, you know,
mold or a skeleton… of a hobo that crawled in there
to get shelter? [laughing]
Or whatever. They look inside the horn.
Guess what. This [bleep] thing
is filled with pigeons. Houston, we do have a problem,
and it’s pigeons. [both laugh] Arno is like,
you do it, Robert. You [bleep] kill them. Robert’s like,
I don’t want to do it. You do it. [laughs] Guess what they did. They shot them with a gun. A shotgun. Then they were like,
well, that’ll do it. [chuckles] After they’ve wiped
the bird blood off of their hands, they’re both like,
R.I.P. these pigeons. Let’s do this. Boink.
They start to listen. They’re like, oh, [bleep]. [imitates static] They hear it again. What the hunk is this
right now? [both laugh] They don’t have the answer. They don’t know what to do. They listen through the horn
for years. They’re going
through their papers, their papers, their papers. Ugh, ugh, ugh, ugh,
I can’t get it. Ugh, ugh,
there’s nothing here. Ugh.
This one’s boring. Ugh, this is
in another language. Just being like, we’re never
gonna figure this out. Finally, they find a study
done by a scientist whose name is Dicke. [chuckles] He had this crackpot theory
that the universe, instead of being infinite,
actually started at some point. Dicke’s like,
13.8 billion years ago, aka old as [bleep]. [laughs] Check your watch. I think the universe started with, like, a crazy explosion,
aka the Big Bang. But they had no way to prove it. Then these two guys
from New Jersey who have been listening to this
[bleep] pigeon [bleep] horn… [laughs] Call him up, they’re like,
we hear this thing. It’s like
[imitates static]. Have you ever heard of that
before? He’s like, oh, my God. That’s it. This is
what we’ve been studying. Cosmic microwave. [sighs]
What is that word? What is the word? We know it.
What is it? Cosmic microwave
background radiation. [triumphant music]
– Okay? It’s the sound of microwaves from the Big Bang. [imitates static] And they were like,
yeah, that’s it! This is it!
We got it! We got it! This is basically the sound
of the Big Bang. They wanted to try
to find anything, but what they found
was the sound of everything. Boing!
[babbles] I had to unfollow NASA
on Instagram ’cause it made me too crazay! It would just be like, this is a picture
of a [bleep] black hole! And I was like, aah! [laughs] Okay, let me tell you this. Penzias and Wilson
get the Nobel Prize for physics. Everyone [bleep] flips out,
and they were like, yes, the Big Bang is real. It happened.
It’s real. You guys did it. Penzias and, um…
and, uh… Oh, [bleep].
The other guy. I just keep thinking
of Winslow… [laughing] But I know
that’s fromFamily Matters.(Derek)
Carl. [laughing] Carl Winslow
discovered the Big Bang. Derek, what this is right here, this is the sound of the echo of the universe
being created. [imitates static] Suck on that
for a second. See how you like it. Just for a second. The universe is like,
just suck on it for a second. [both laugh] (Jenny)
I’m the [bleep] universe. Suck on it for a second.

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