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Waxing Moronic: 10 Wrong Facts From Song Lyrics


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'Black Hole Sun' by Soundgarden
That's a big, dark hole, yes, but it is most definitely not a black hole sun. It's a coronal hole actually. Image courtesyNASA/Goddard/SDO AIA Team
That's a big, dark hole, yes, but it is most definitely not a black hole sun. It's a coronal hole actually. Image courtesyNASA/Goddard/SDO AIA Team

Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" probably deserves an award for Music Video Most Likely to Remind 30-year-olds of MTV Back in the Day. The video was on endless rotation. If you are of a certain age, you might recall the setup for the video as completely nonsensical. We can also confirm the setup of the song itself can be marked officially Incorrect.

While some stars with a lot of mass do end up bursting and becoming black holes, our sun is too small to go supernova. Instead, our sun will fade gently into a nebula and leave behind a white dwarf -- that's according not to Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, but Cornell University. Even if the sun did become a black hole, we wouldn't be sucked into it. But we wouldn't be able to keep warm, so we'd probably die anyway [source: Cornell University]. Have a good day!