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In a world that lets us feed PopWatch’s Things That Make Me Die Inside rubric far too often, it’s with great pleasure that we link to this story about Queen lead guitarist Brian May wrapping up work on his Ph.D. in astrophysics. He put aside his studies to join the band three decades ago but recently returned to his thesis: “Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud.” As someone who once had to drag her pajama-clad college roommate outside at midnight to help her find the North Star for an Astronomy 101 project, I have no idea what that means. (Hey, I never had a problem finding the North Star in rural Pennsylvania. It was just different doing it in a city.)

Is this the coolest “job to fall back on” ever? If not, which celeb’s got it?

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