When rock-star astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson recently estimated the weight of Thor’s hammer to be the equivalent of 300 billion elephants — or 4.5 quadrillion pounds, if you prefer — some fans questioned not his scientific credentials but rather his knowledge of comic-book lore.
Never mind the enchantment that allows an individual, “if he be worthy,” to wield Mjolnir; there’s a matter of the material from which the hammer was forged: “neutron-star matter,” as Tyson contends, or the fabled Uru, as popular belief holds. Well, skeptics, you now have some high-caliber support in the form of Suveen Mathaudhu, a comics fan and, more importantly, a program manager in the materials science division of the U.S. Army Research Office.
Welcome to another edition of Shelf Porn, where Robot 6 proudly shares the shelves and collections of fans around the world. Today’s collection comes from across the pond, as Robert Menzies shares his statues, comics and even a Marvel No-Prize with us.
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To some it’s the start of The Heroic Age, to others a new Dark Reign, to still others a possible Orange Lantern attack, but yesterday Ohio Republican John Boehner became the 61st Speaker of the House, as the GOP assumed control of the House of Representatives for the 112th Congress. And to mark the occasion, he dropped the hammer — a ceremonial gavel so big that pundits and twitterati have taken to comparing it to Mjolnir, the enchanted hammer of the gods wielded by the Mighty Thor. Apparently, Speakers may select from a range of gavels of different sizes and styles, depending on the occasion; Boehner, with customary subtlety, selected one that looks like it could have come from Kenneth Branagh’s prop department. Does this make President Obama Loki and Nancy Pelosi the Enchantress? If so, that would make the Tea Party a rampaging barbarian horde, right?
Consider this the nerdiest public service announcement ever. If you’re like me, you were vaguely aware that at some point in Jeph Loeb’s ongoing Hulk run, its semi-eponymous star, the villainous and uber-powerful Red Hulk, grabbed Thor’s hammer Mjolnir and delivered Ye Olde Smacke-downe on the God of Thunder. You’re also vaguely aware that this is more or less a total no-no — no matter how physically strong Rulk is, only those who are “worthy” are even able to pick the hammer up. And there aren’t very many such people: According to Wikipedia, you’re basically talking half a dozen dudes, consisting solely of people who’ve wielded Thor’s power itself, people who’d be present at a Thor family reunion, and Captain frickin’ America.