This news item, telling us that the universe “might hold three times more stars than previously thought,” brought to mind one of WFB’s favorite stories.
A famous astronomer gives a public lecture on the latest findings in cosmology. At the end of the lecture he asks for questions from the audience. A little old lady puts her hand up.
“How long did you say it will be before the Sun burns out and dies?”
“Eight billion years, Ma’am.”
“Oh thank goodness! I thought you said ‘eight million’.”