Wednesday, February 20, 2008
black is the New Black
While reading the Washington Post today, I came across a very interesting article by Rick Weiss entitled, “Their Deepest, Darkest Discovery.” The first line of the article read, “Black is getting Blacker.” Of course this piqued my interest because Brotherdoc is always looking for thoughtful discussions on blackness. Apparently, scientists have created something that they are calling "Super Black", which “is a paper-thin material that absorbs 99.955 percent of the light that hits it”. According to the story, if your body is covered with this “blackness,” you become invisible. Brotherdoc is not sure how much money or time was spent on this "creation", but I could have told them that for free. In fact Ralph Ellison wrote about this invisibility caused by “blackness” over 50 years ago.
For those readers that do not have time to read Weiss’ article, Brotherdoc has taken it upon himself to interview the esteemed men of science who have provided us with “Super Black.”
Brotherdoc: So, what is "Super Black"?
Scientist Shawn-Yu Li: “Nothing comes back to you. It's very, very, very dark.”
Brotherdoc: I see. So, once you go Black you never come back!
Scientist Gerald Fraser: “ The more black the material the better”.
Brotherdoc: Um hmmm. My momma always told me, the blacker the berry the sweeter the juice.
Scientist John Pendry: “The big issue is persuading the light to go in there in the first place”
Brotherdoc: Oh, so what are you saying!? You don’t deliver to those neighborhoods?
Scientist Shawn-Yu Li: “[We are] providing a blacker background to detect faint stars.”
Brotherdoc: Gotcha. Faint stars taking up blackness like Pat Boone, Elvis Pressley, Justin Timberlake, Vanilla Ice, and Alan Thicke’s kid.
Guys before you do any more studies about “blackness,” please give Brotherdoc a call, I can save you a lot of time and money.