Ciao a tutti, eccoci con un nuovo post, questa volta su uno dei più grandi errori che tutti fanno, scambiando il Big Ben per il Big Bang e viceversa! Ma quali sono le differenze tra i due? Proviamo a comprenderlo grazie all’aiuto di Michelle! Buona lettura e… buon ascolto!

Big Ben or Big Bang?

Big Ben, by Never House (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Ok, Let’s try to clear this up for once and for all… !

The Big BANG went BANG! It’s the explosion and ends with an ‘ang’  like in ‘sang’.

The Big BEN is the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock at the Palace of Westminster in London and is pronounced BEN that rhymes with PEN.

Most astronomers believe the Universe began in a Big Bang about 13.8 billion years ago. At that time, the entire Universe was inside a bubble that was thousands of times smaller than a pinhead. It was hotter and denser than anything we can imagine.

Then it suddenly exploded (hence the Bang!) and the Universe that we know was born. Time, space and matter all began with the Big Bang. In a fraction of a second, the Universe grew from smaller than a single atom to bigger than a galaxy. And it kept on growing at a fantastic rate. It is still expanding today!

The Big BEN was built in 1858. Nobody seems to really know who exactly Ben was; it may have been named after Sir Benjamin Hall, who oversaw the installation of the Great Bell, or after boxing’s English Heavyweight Champion Benjamin Caunt. The important thing for us to remember is that it certainly wasn’t named after a Mr. BANG!

Since 2012, the tower has officially been known as the Elizabeth Tower, to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II. Before then, it was known as simply “Clock Tower”.

The clock has become a symbol of the United Kingdom, particularly in the visual media. When a television or film-maker wants to show that they’re referring to England, a popular way to do that is to show an image of the tower, often with a red double-decker bus or black cab in the foreground.

So next time you hear someone telling you they saw the Big Bang during their trip to London… please take a minute to explain the difference to them 😉

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