The Intersection

Over at Correlations, Cifford predicts I’ll ‘love‘ his post on these inhabitants of the Macquarie Ridge near New Zealand, adding:

I really hope the scientists said that* when they found this. Really. It’s a mountain, underwater, colonized by millions of starfish. Amazing.

[*Pop quiz: Without Google-cheating – Anyone know what the title is a quote from?]


The answer is of course, it’s from Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, which makes two reasons Clifford is absolutely right about my reaction! After all, Intersection readers know echinoderms are the coolest marine invertebrate around…

Go check out the BBC’s Brittlestar city‘ video to watch these critters in action!


  1. #1 andy
    May 20, 2008

    not to be the ‘someone is wrong on the internet’ guy – but the quote is from 2010 (retro-dubbed in that movie to the scene in 2001)

  2. #2 Wes Rolley
    May 20, 2008

    O day and night, but this is wondrous strange!

    And therefore as a stranger give it welcome.
    There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
    Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

  3. #3 John Monfries
    May 21, 2008

    Nah, Galileo said it first, but they forgot to film him saying it.

  4. #4 Bruce
    May 21, 2008

    It’s time to re-release the movie as “2001: The Future The Way It Used To Be.”

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