Black holes have come up a couple of times this week, and I’ve always wondered something. When you fall into a black hole, all sorts of strange things happen.

The most well-known one is that nothing — not even *light* — can ever escape once it falls in. Well, my question is, if **you** fell in to a black hole, as you crossed the event horizon in your sturdy, well-lit spaceship, would the lights stay on or would they go out as you crossed into the black hole? (Ignoring the tidal forces that would rip you and the spaceship apart.)

In other words, you’ve read the first 1497 pages of the Count of Monte Cristo as you cross the event horizon; will you be able to finish your book with your last remaining moments?

What do you think? Feel free to discuss below; I’ll post the answer with an explanation on Monday!