ASLSP is a musical piece by John Cage and the subject of one of the longest-lasting musical performances yet undertaken. It was originally written in 1987 for organ and is adapted from the earlier work ASLSP 1985; a typical performance of the piano version lasts 20 to 70 minutes. In 1985, Cage opted to omit the detail of exactly how slowly the piece should be played.
There’s a new behemoth in the ongoing search for ever-larger prime numbers — and it’s nearly 25 million digits long.
A prime is a number that can be divided only by two whole numbers: itself and 1. The newly discovered number is what’s known as a Mersenne prime, named for a French monk named Marin Mersenne who studied primes some 350 years ago.
It begins with Cohen’s Nobby and his brother Sebastian (Mark Strong) in South Africa on the run from scary dudes. The two men hide out in the only place they can find cover — inside an elephant’s vagina. It doesn’t look so bad in there, honestly, and the men have plenty of space to spread out. But things take a turn when a male pachyderm declares it mating season and starts getting busy… while the guys are still inside.
Empty Spaces is a song by the English progressive rock band Pink Floyd, featured as the eighth track on their 1979 rock opera The Wall. It is the second known song by Pink Floyd to contain a backmasked message.