I have another observation in pop culture’s war on ignorance. (Okay, that is an oxymoron.)
On tonight’s Family Guy, “Airpot ‘07”, Peter attends “The Redneck Comedy Tour” and decides that he wants to become a redneck. So he buys a pick-up truck, puts the couch on the front lawn, and hits on his daughter. Then he sits down with Brian to watch Carl Sagan’s Cosmos.
Scene: Brian and Peter are on the couch watching TV. Peter is wearing cowboy boots, jeans, large brass belt buckle, flannel shirt, and a green John Deere cap.
TV Announcer: We now return to Carl Sagan’s Cosmos . . . edited for rednecks.
Sagan on TV (occasionally dubbed over by a redneck voice): I’m Carl Sagan. Just how old is our planet. Scientists believe its four b—hundreds and hundreds of years old—Scientists have determined that the universe was created by a—Goooooooood—Big Bang. If you look at the bones of a—Jesus–asaurus rex, it is clear by the use of carbon dating that—Mountain Dew is the best soda ever made.
Brian: Peter, do we have to watch this?
Peter: This is what rednecks watch, Brian.
Peter takes a can of chewing tobacco from his shirt pocket and begins to dip.
Of course, carbon dating cannot be used on the fossils of a “Jesusasaurus rex”; other forms of radiometric dating with longer half-lifes have to be used.
Update: Below the fold, I’ve posted the scene from YouTube. Thanks Chris Hyland.