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December 30th, 2006


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12:35 am - OH IT'S TIME, ALL RIGHT
Which PBS science show had the best theme? LET'S TAKE IT TO YOUTUBE:

Newton's Apple with its tasty Kraftwerk groove
OR
3-2-1 Contact with the wah-wah guitar and bombastic WALL O' BRASS

Poll #897553 PBS SCIENCE SHOW THEME SHOWDOWN THROWDOWN

Two songs enter. ONE SONG LEAVES. Which wins?

Newton's Apple
14(17.5%)
3-2-1 Contact
66(82.5%)


And if you just fulfilled your civic duty by voting, here's an extra treat: Siskel & Ebert on Sesame Street teaching Telly and Oscar their movie critic exercises.


ps. have you ever spun -- on ice??

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From:hyperina
Date:December 30th, 2006 07:39 am (UTC)
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the world's a big blue marble when you see it from out there
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From:paxillion
Date:December 30th, 2006 07:41 am (UTC)
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the sun and moon declare
our beauty's very rare
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From:derspatchel
Date:December 30th, 2006 06:46 pm (UTC)
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Closer, getting closer...

I forgot the ending was kind of bombastic!
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From:mmcirvin
Date:December 30th, 2006 01:21 pm (UTC)
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The thing I remember about the 3-2-1 Contact opening titles was just that clip of the frog eating a bug in which its eyeball sucks into its head to push the bug down its throat.
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From:prog
Date:December 30th, 2006 02:57 pm (UTC)
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The 3-2-1-Contact intro gave me nostalgia-chills just now, but I always liked the Newton's Apple theme better. The theme and the host's mustache are really the only things I recall from the show. And the one time he talked about how video games worked by playing Millipede in the studio.
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From:minkrose
Date:December 30th, 2006 03:16 pm (UTC)
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I'd forgotten that I watched Newton's Apple. I'm beginning to think that I watched everything PBS ever had and just forgot (of course, we've never had cable so that's not a huge surprise).

Needless to say, I remembered the 3-2-1 Contact theme before listening and I couldn't remember the Newton's Apple one at all.


... and yes, actually, I have spun -- on ice. The hard part is stopping without falling down.
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From:muse0fire
Date:December 30th, 2006 03:25 pm (UTC)
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It has to be 3-2-1 Contact because 20 years later I can still sing the entire damn theme song AND the theme song for The Bloodhound Gang.

In fact often in conversations if someone says the word contact and there's a slight pause afterwards, I'm always tempted to chime in "is the answer... why everything happens...."
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From:preysz
Date:December 30th, 2006 03:32 pm (UTC)
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You know, I was a little bummed when PBS got rid of the station IDs at the beginning of the program, but that KTCA intro on the Newton's Apple clip was a little weak. I guess they couldn't all be the awesomely creepy WGBH intro...
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From:alphacygni
Date:December 30th, 2006 04:50 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, actually I wanted a comedy third option so I could vote for "any given PBS station ID jingle". Those synth nuggets just ruled.
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From:luckimunki
Date:December 30th, 2006 04:47 pm (UTC)
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When I was little, I loved Newton's Apple! I never watched 3-2-1 Contact, though. Nevertheless, the latter's theme is definitely better.
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From:phatmike
Date:December 30th, 2006 05:09 pm (UTC)
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as much as i hate to vote against kraftwerk in well, anything, i kinda hafta. 3-2-1 contact ownz0rz.
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From:terras
Date:December 30th, 2006 05:33 pm (UTC)
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3-2-1 Contact wins hands down, but I'd offer Reading Rainbow an honorable mention.
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From:invisibelle
Date:December 30th, 2006 06:36 pm (UTC)
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Heh. I can still sing every word.
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From:invisibelle
Date:December 30th, 2006 06:35 pm (UTC)
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My vote automatically goes for 3-2-1 Contact because I can't remember what the Newton's Apple theme sounded like. On the other hand, I can remember what the opening of Newton's Apple looked like, but not as much for 3-2-1 Contact. Odd.
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From:mschlock
Date:December 30th, 2006 08:53 pm (UTC)
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When I was a kid I used to rush into the room just to listen to the theme song from Newton's Apple. It reigns supreme!
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From:derspatchel
Date:December 30th, 2006 08:58 pm (UTC)
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See, that's the thing. I don't remember actually watching a full episode of Newton's Apple (except for the "Newton's Lemons" segments where they showed stock science footage from the 50s) but I would ALWAYS make it a point to watch the opening.

I'd watch 3-2-1 Contact all the way thru, but I turned to Newton's Apple solely for the theme.

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