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A Queen Cover That Will Make You Smarter

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Roger Taylor (L) is a drummer, and doesn't have a clue what the f*** is going on here, but Dr. Brian May (R) has a Phd in Astrophysics, and is said to be "well-chuffed" by this cover. (Ben Stansall/Getty Images)

Roger Taylor (L) is a drummer, and doesn’t have a clue what the f*** is going on here, but Dr. Brian May (R) has a Phd in Astrophysics, and is said to be “well-chuffed” by this cover. (Ben Stansall/Getty Images)

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Tim Blais is a graduate student, working on his Master’s in physics at McGill University in Montreal Canada. He’s also a dirtbag Classic Rock fan, who’s been singing since his Mom put him in a church choir when he was a wee lad, and has fronted more than a few rock bands in his time, but wisely is training himself for a lucrative and viable career as well. So in his spare time, he thought it might be fun to combine his vocations in a cover of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. Not only does he teach about String Theory*, he does the whole song with just his own voice, multi-tracked Acapella (Straight singing, no instruments, though it does sound like a drum machine comes in toward the end). Check out the video he made, it’s going “viral” on the interwebs this month. You will be entertained, and possibly smarter when you’re done. Tim calls it Bohemian Gravity:

* String Theory is a theoretical framework in which the point-like particles of particle physics are replaced by one-dimensional objects called stings. In string theory, the different types of observed elementary particles arise from the different quantum states of these strings. In addition to the types of particles postulated by the standard model of particle physics, string theory naturally incorporates gravity, and is therefore a candidate for a theory of everything, a self-contained mathematical model that describes all fundamental forces and forms of matter. (Straight out of Wikipedia) Does this make any sense at all? Certainly not to disc jockeys!

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