Magazinalia

By Phil Plait | November 24, 2008 9:10 am

My congrats go to the fabulous Gia, who apparently is married to one of the sexiest men in the world: People Magazine rated Brian Cox thusly in their annual "Sexiest Men Alive" issue. Twitterer LALisa got a snap of the magazine picture of Brian:

Brian Cox in People Magazine

Judge for yourself. I’ve hung out with him, and yeah, it’s true. But then, science is sexy.

Speaking of magazines, I was delighted to see that Skeptical Inquirer had a one-pager in their news section about the asteroids named after Rebecca Watson, Mike Stackpole, PZ Myers, and moi. The article has, sadly, a mistake: it says PZ is the author of "the most popular science blog in the world". While that’s technically true, of course "popular" != "good". I mean, this is science, so we need to be technically accurate, right?

And of course, this isn’t just jealousy because PZ”s rock is bigger than mine. Of course.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Astronomy, Cool stuff, Humor

Comments (17)

  1. -WE- know better! Bad Astronomy is the best science blog, hands down!
    Rich in Charlottesville sucking up! ;-D

  2. Bill Roberts

    Phil,

    It’s not the size of the asteroid, it’s the motion of the orbit.

  3. Are all these double entrendes intentional? Rocks, Cox, hung, … :P Must be a slow day in the BA offices or we’re all starting to go stir crazy.

  4. But don’t worry Phil, your asteroid is way prettier, I love the way it rolls.

    (and I hear Asteroid PZ Myers is a boring lump of weathered rock anyway)
    ;)

  5. LOL Richard. More CVille love here too!

    Also, Brian Cox for Skepdudes?!

  6. Maura

    I heard an interview with the director Danny Boyle shortly before the release of his movie Sunshine, on which Brian Cox was science advisor. He said that he had Cillian Murphy in mind to play the physicist on this mission where the best, most brilliant scientists are sent on a mission to save the planet. He was hesitating because he didn’t think it was believable that the world’s foremost nuclear physicist would also have Cillian Murphy’s movie star good looks.

    Then he met Brian Cox, realized that life is not fair, and cast Murphy.

  7. The article has, sadly, a mistake: it says PZ is the author of “the most popular science blog in the world”. While that’s technically true, of course “popular” != “good”. I mean, this is science, so we need to be technically accurate, right?

    I blame Comic Sans. But then I always blame Comic Sans.

  8. Cheyenne

    Totally off topic but for you NASA fans you should check out the New York Times OpEd today that was penned by Alan Stern. Quite a read.

    nytimes.com/2008/11/24/opinion/24stern.html?_r=1&hp

  9. Utakata

    …when it comes to Brian Cox, the word *bishounen comes to mind.

    *Note: feel free to Wiki that.

  10. Mark

    @Utakata:
    Oh. “Wiki that”. Couldn’t you have bolded that? Because, see, I *googled* it…
    Just let me say that the internet is a strange place.
    And that is all I want to say about it.
    ;)

  11. Scott Smith

    Phil.. it’s not the size of your stones, it’s how the stones are rocking the world. ;-)

  12. Sili

    I want a Brian Cox calendar.

    (Well, I want Brian Cox, himself, but I’m being realistic here. Twelve pictures of him in various stages of undress will have to do. Heck, they could sell them to help financing the repairs of the LHC!)

  13. YeahRightLikeI'dSignThisComment

    Maybe his rock is bigger, but we’ve all seen your telescope…

  14. tombarber

    Ok, Phil, I went to Gia’s website and what did I find? A picture of DFTS as part of her wish list. A bit of blogging incest here? :-)

  15. BlondeReb3

    I got no double entendre to add, only that scientists are totally hot.

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