In his book, The Book of Naturalists (1944), naturalist William Beebe related an interesting anecdote about him and his friend Theodore Roosevelt during his visits to Sagamore Hill, Roosevelt’s residence. Roosevelt and Beebe would go out after an evening of talk and dinner and search the night sky until they locate the faint spot of light-mist beyond the lower left-hand corner of the Great Square of Pegasus. Then they would recite the following lines:
That is the Spiral Galaxy in Andromeda.
It is as large as our Milky Way.
It is one of a hundred million galaxies.
It consists of one hundred billion suns, each larger than our sun.
Roosevelt would then smile and say, “Now I think we are small enough! Let’s go to bed.”
Anyway, this story reminds me of “Galaxy Song”, a song performed by the Monty Python in the film Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life (1983):