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EVERYONE: RECord yourself giving a Testimonial or contribute a Text RECord with Facts about Dark Matter.

EVERYONE W/ A CAMERA: Do some research on the Pando Forest and the Honey Mushroom & RECord yourself on camera answering the questions below for our episode RE: The Number One. CONTRIBUTE HERE

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THE PANDO FOREST questions

- How old does one single tree grow to be? vs. How old is this whole single living organism?

- How much does one tree weigh vs. How mush does the entire single living organism weigh?

- How does it reproduce?

- What happens when one tree dies?

- Because the trees are all one, do they and/or how do they share their water nutrients and sunlight? Do they share things with each other?

- How do they cooperate as one?

- Quickly discuss - in 5-10 seconds - any additional unique facts you discover about the Pando Forest.

THE HONEY MUSHROOM questions

- How does the Honey Mushroom kill to survive? What is the process?

- How much does one weigh vs. the weight of the entire organism?

- How much land does it cover?

- How old is the Honey Mushroom?

- Quickly discuss - in 5-10 seconds - any additional unique facts you discover about the Pando Forest.

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ILLUSTRATORS & ANIMATORS: Here’s a list of all the Illustrations to Animate for “The Untitled Neuroscience Documentary” - our Short Doc for the RE: Fantasy episode. CONTRIBUTE HERE

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VISUAL REQUEST LIST

- The World
- Eyes, Ears, Nose, Skin
- Brain web of Neurons
- A Person Daydreaming
- Cavepeople creating, imagining hunt, fire, building shelter, cave painting, etc.
- Capernicus imagining a different organization of solar system
- Einstein riding on light beam
- Planets
- Newton and the apple
- Martin Luther King, Andy Warhol, Steve Jobs
- Brain being Overloaded
- Charles Manson, Vincent Van Gogh
- Athlete imagines a goal or some winning moment
- Musician imagines playing a complicated piece
- Actor imagines a scene for a famous role (i.e. working on Hamlet)
- Inventions: Electricity (light bulb), microchips and cellphones/computers, sky scraper, robotic surgery…
- Areas in need of innovation: disaster areas, cities, farms, the ocean post oil spills/fukushima, transportation!
- Reading Novels
- Watching Movies
- Examples of humans changing behavior due to empathy
- Ripple effect of more empathy in the world, including visions of the future

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NOTE: Please refer to THIS AUDIO BED for an additional reference.

Chestnut

Text by christopher.harn

Is that what your teacher said? That’s why you’re upset? Well, it’s a great question. But…before I answer it, your grandpap is going to tell you a story from a long while back, when he was your age:

Well, we had a dog, a fat old mutt named Chestnut, who spent most of his time sitting under the kitchen table looking for scraps. He wasn’t the smartest to be honest…he didn’t know any tricks or anything. I mean we tried to teach him, but he…well he just wasn’t very smart. We loved him though. If we were in the kitchen, a cold cut always found itself “accidentally” dropped on the floor. He was such a fat dog.

Anyways, we had him tied up out back one night. He always loved being out on hot summer nights, which I never understood because there were so many bugs out. You stayed still for a few seconds and your face was just covered in bugs. But regardless, he loved sitting out there. So on this night, I hear Chestnut barking like crazy, so I go out to see what’s got him so wound up. Well there was no mistaking what was driving him so nuts; the full moon was out. I’d never put much thought into it, you know I’d always figured a dog barking at the moon was just something that was only true in the movies and comic books.

But the thing is, it happened the next night too, and the night after that. The dog just went wild, and his eyes were just…just fixed on the moon. This is coming from the lazy old farty dog I’d known as long as I could remember, so as you might imagine, I was a little confused. This went on for four nights, and I remember my parents were furious. My brother and sisters and I were in a panic over the dog. But on the fifth night, we didn’t hear a peep, and we all looked out back to see what the dog was doing. He was gone! He’d freed himself somehow, and ran away.

We were all scared for him and worried for a few days, but then…something happened. Something, well it’s just about the strangest thing I’ve ever experienced. We looked up at the moon, and it was all chewed up! Before then, before that day, the moon was just a big white circle in the sky, nothing really distinctive about it. But if you look up at it now, it looks all chewed up, right? Turns out Chestnut had chased down the moon and gnawed on it a little. Scientists were all baffled.

And it didn’t stop there. A few weeks later, some astronomers saw that one of Mars’ moons, Phobos, had a big bite taken out of it. And a few weeks after that, Uranus seemed to have been tilted on its side, like something had pushed it around a little. And this kept happening over the years with stars and nebulae and all sorts of things, and of course it was all our fat old dog.

So, back to your question. Your science teacher was right, our Milky Way galaxy is on a crash course with the larger Andromeda galaxy, and in a few billion years there may be fiery and cataclysmic collision. What your science teacher didn’t tell you- what she didn’t know- is that between our galaxy and Andromeda is Chestnut, and I suspect he’s developed an even bigger appetite after snacking on moons and planets. You’ve got nothing to worry about.

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DayGlo (Text Curator) writes:

I love love love love love this. Once again, Christopher, you’ve turned out a story which feels older than the teller, and that’s one of the biggest compliments I can give. It feels spoken, it feels raconteurish, it feels warm and friendly.  It fits halfway between fairy tale and family anecdote, and I’d love to see a visual take on this that reflects that sort of magical realism. Film, illustration, animation, whatever: this should be remixed.