Cities Are Like Stars

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

People living in big cities have a lot in common with… the inside of a star? Sounds crazy, but it actually makes sense. Anthony explains this radical new way to look at life in the world’s busiest cities.

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Hachiro July 16, 2013 - 12:16 PM

so atheist?

Trevor Bissegger July 17, 2013 - 1:04 AM

I would find it catchy if I gave a fuck… =D

SydTheGoat July 18, 2013 - 1:19 AM

fuckoff you self indulgent, self assuming fuckwit

SydTheGoat July 18, 2013 - 1:26 AM

sorry, i was initially angered by the remark………..but now ive reverted back to STONE COLD PSYCHO

SydTheGoat July 18, 2013 - 1:29 AM

cue maniacle laughter here

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i'm off to piss some other c*nts off…….Bye bye

Azure76 July 21, 2013 - 2:07 AM

Were made of star stuff : )

Kyle Boss July 30, 2013 - 8:38 AM

"Alright, so lets put the bong down" I laughed so hard at that haha

Garrett Bohannon August 1, 2013 - 7:05 AM

So basically people spent a lot of time and money trying to find an analogy… I love science but wtf.

Exhibit BMinus August 1, 2013 - 10:21 PM

But what happens when the city becomes too massive?
Does it turn into a metaphorical black hole like a star?

theBarefoot August 4, 2013 - 9:44 AM

I came up with the "city is like a star" theory several years ago based on my observation of traffic moving faster and faster as it approaches a city. It's either a city is like a star or people don't know how to drive. Take your pick.

MIngeB❒X August 10, 2013 - 7:33 AM

And Fahrenheit is precise. Good for delicate science experiments.

Patrick Vilela August 19, 2013 - 1:35 AM

Respect for the Portuguese scientist from my home city Lisbon that came up with this theory: Luís Bettencourt!

CamCakes August 21, 2013 - 4:50 PM

OR maybe just the entire metric system all together!

Nick M August 22, 2013 - 12:04 AM

funny, because in london the closer you come to it, the slower and slower traffic moves until it's essentially a solid, immovable block of meat, metal and rubber.

theBarefoot August 22, 2013 - 11:54 PM

And your congestion tax is sucked into the black hole at the center of the city government never to be seen again or relieve any of the congestion.

Lynn Davis August 23, 2013 - 9:23 AM

But how long can a star or city expand before it explodes? You can't expand forever.

Swnn Hksn September 10, 2013 - 3:07 PM

No one likes Fahrenheit.

Re_Death_ September 10, 2013 - 8:16 PM

Well it's not a lie..

Helios219 September 18, 2013 - 11:50 AM

lol I think this went over so many people's heads. Which is strange since Dnews stated that most of us who watch them have or do smoke the reefer. ;)

Helios219 September 18, 2013 - 11:53 AM

2:20 Anthony knows what's up ;)

ThousandSunAnger January 15, 2014 - 10:12 PM

Interesting, idea. Makes me question the role and implications of hydrostatic equilibrium in the role of cities.