Carnival of Space #CCXX

By Phil Plait | September 14, 2009 10:00 am

While you’re waiting on tenterhooks to hear about my tattoo, why not check out the 120th Carnival of Space? After all, you can find out about the whole Universe, which is nearly as important as me being inked.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Astronomy, Space

Comments (12)

  1. JakeR

    Um, shouldn’t that be “#CXX?”

  2. You used “on tenterhooks” correctly! (avoiding the common “on tetherhooks” trap)

    Are you sure you’re not a secret English major?

  3. Kim

    Can anything else be anywhere near as important as you?

  4. Lledowyn

    Yes it should be #CXX. #CCXX would come out to 220.

  5. Egomaniac

    @ 3. Kim Says:

    Can anything else be anywhere near as important as you?

    Yes. Me. ;-)

  6. Rawley

    It’s from all the fretting over the tattoo that he screwed up basic math.

  7. Sili

    One hundred and twenty. Isn’t that the order of magnitude the cosmological constant is wrong?

  8. Crux Australis

    Really? I thought it was “tenderhooks”. So what’s the etymology of tenterhooks, then?

  9. Brian

    CCXX is 220. It should have been CXX. Still, we dont live in Rome so its not a major issue. These carnavals of space look interesting, I should pay more attention to them.

  10. Mark Hansen

    C.A. it’s definitely tenterhooks. It’s from a wool stretching frame. This page (http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-ont1.htm) explains it in greater detail.

  11. I hope Phil isn’t getting Roman Numerals tattooed then.

    Apparently a tenter is a wooden frame for stretching cloth. A tenterhook holds the cloth in place so obviously on tenterhooks means being held painfully suspended. Gotta love English.

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