late night television, Mr. Johnny Carson himself.
Carson was a great promoter of Science, and also popularized the late, great Carl Sagan as well.
would on occasion bring out his alter ego, the great Karnak, after his monologue (Carson
would sport a Turban and a Cape, which he usually tripped
and stumbled on as he came out of stage ).
The great Karnak would make some remarkable predictions, preceded by this statement by his co^host and straight man, Ed McMahon:
``I hold in my hand the envelopes. As a child of four can plainly see, these envelopes have been hermetically sealed. They've been kept in a #2 mayonnaise jar on Funk and Wagnall's porch since noon today. No one knows the contents of these envelopes, but you, in your borderline divine and mystical way, will ascertain the answers having never before seen the questions."
The great Karnak would then proceed to mystically answer these questions, usually reflecting current events of the time.
Here is an example:
Answer: Comet Ison
Question: Which Comet will NOT turn out to be the biggest flop of 2013
Now, if the response to the answer was a total flop, and the audience booed, the Great Karnak would respond with a curse, along the lines of this:
Did you also know that Johnny Carson was also an amateur astronomer?
Yes, he owned a Celestron 14 inch telescope in an observatory in his backyard. Very cool!
RIP Johnny, now in that big observatory up in the sky...........
PS And speaking of our friends at Celestron, starting today a new promotion for the CPC Series of telescopes has
been added to the roster. Here are the details below!
PPS Big thanks to Eric Briggs, for reminding me of the magnificence of the Great Karnak this morning.
I think we got the Sewers of Rangoon in rain again last night here in Toronto..........
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