I was taking a break near the big elephant in the Natural History museum when these two stopped by and had a conversation that went something like this.
First, she said: The universe was mostly just hydrogen and helium when it first fired up. The heavy atoms, the stuff we’re made of, weren’t even around then.
And then he said: I’m hungry, do you want to get something to eat?
The first stars had to form and explode to create the materials that make life possible.
Do you feel like Chinese or barbeque, I feel like barbeque.
Each time a star explodes it throws all its stuff out into space where it travels to who knows where.
There’s a good barbeque place on seventh street, they serve beer too, and it’s not too far.
Some of the stuff from one star might mix with stuff from another star and start up a whole new solar system.
They have brisket, ribs and chicken. I like the brisket, but maybe we can get a mixed platter.
And now, billions of years later, we’re walking around made of atoms that were formed in the stars.
Or maybe I’ll get the brisket and you can get the chicken and then we can share.
So the atoms in your right ear might be made of atoms made in one star, while the atoms in your left ear were made in a completely different star.
Maybe Chinese is better, that way we can get a chicken, beef, pork and shrimp mix.
So we really are made of stardust. It’s like, we’re the stars looking back on themselves, the universe contemplating itself.
Have you been listening to me? / Have you been listening to me?
Where do you want to eat?
They also say that some parts of the universe are denser than other parts.
They walked off and I didn’t hear the rest of it, so I don’t know where they ended up eating. I touched each of my ears and they felt the same, but I guess star dust is like that.