Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Greatest American Heroes

The Discovery Channel and AOL are using a scientific method to determine who exactly is the Greatest American of All Time: They're taking an online poll, of course.

It's narrowed down to 100, so now each candidate is going to be profiled in a four-part weekly show. But no purchase is necessary. You can see the candidates and voice your opinions on Discovery's blog.

Among the nominees that might interest NanoBot readers:

Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Bill Gates, Orville and Wilbur Wright, Jonas Salk, Carl Sagan and, of course, Tom Cruise ("Minority Report" featured some cool nano.)


Anonymous said...

It would be nice if we could vote for a real American like Sitting Bull or Crazy Horse.

Mr. Smith

Tom said...

I was tempted to nominate Moe Howard of the Three Stooges after seeing how loaded the list was with celebrities. If they're going to list Michael Jackson and Madonna, the whole thing has descended into absurdity anyway!

Howard Lovy said...

Hey, ya knucklehead! One of the definitions of "great" is EMINENT, DISTINGUISHED. So, Jacko and Kabbalah Girl would certainly qualify. That's not to say who's deserving of "greatness," but this Land of Opportunity is not purely a meritocracy. What you need to do is get a pop star (preferably not one accused of child molestation) to embrace the promise of nanotechnology, and watch public interest suddenly skyrocket.

Anonymous said...

Robin aka "Mork" Williams:

Nano Nano.

Mr. Smith

Anonymous said...

It's obvious to me - Norman Borlaug is the man.

Howard Lovy said...

Do you think Borlaug, Nobel laureate and father of the Green Revolution, approves of THONG's tactics of naked aggression?

And, Mr. Smith, are you trying to antagonize me? Let me repeat this: Mork said "Nanoo Nanoo," NOT "Nano Nano." So, please, especially journalists reading this blog, stop it, just stop it!

Come to think of it, Robin Williams would be a perfect spokesmodel for nanotechnology. Anybody know his agent?

Anonymous said...

I would never intentionally antagonize a journalist. Any profession that has the power to topple priests and principalities is not to be trifled with.

Another great spokesperson would be Steve "Let's get Small" Martin.

Mr. Smith

Damon said...

Actually, I could save everyone a lot of trouble if they'd only ask...

I, sir, am the greatest American alive.