Arab Spring Meets the Great American Songbook

September 18, 2012

According to the LA Times, the much heralded Arab Spring is giving us a hint of what spring is like on Jupiter and Mars.

Egypt’s prosecutor general referred seven Egyptians Christians living in the United States and Florida-based Pastor Terry Jones to court for trial on charges that they offended Islam in connection with an anti-Muslim film that has triggered protests around the globe.

The seven Egyptians — identified by state media as Morris Sadek, Morkos Aziz Khalil, Fekry Abdelmessieh, Nabil Adib Bassida, Nahed Metwally, Nader Farid Nicola and Elia Bassily, who is also known as Nakoula Basseley Nakoula — were also accused of insulting the prophet Muhammad, inciting sectarian strife in Egypt and threatening the country’s independence and peace, according to a state-run news agency.

The prosecutor general requested that the eight defendants be arrested by Interpol and handed over to Egyptian authorities.


At the highest clouds of the planet, the temperature is the coldest, about 250 degrees (F) below freezing. Near the core of Jupiter, the temperature is estimated to be nearly 50,000 degrees (F)


Mars can’t retain any heat energy. On average, the temperature on Mars is about minus 80 degrees F (minus 60 degrees C).

(Apologies to Bart Howard.)

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