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NISTified Movie Posters

Browse through our NIST Movie Hall of Fame and see how our staff have NISTified some popular movies and their accompanying posters.

Green box. Text: How do I loathe thee? Let me count they ways. Then text: 10 things I hate about uncertainty. Bit question mark. Text: Uncertainty. Oh uncertainty.
Credit: B. Hayes/NIST

We know you can be overwhelmed and you can be underwhelmed, but can you ever just be … certain? Meet your science teacher’s favorite flick and feel whelmed.

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Black background. White text up top: Close Entanglements of the Quantum Kind. Road at bottom coming into meet at horizon. Blue ball of light at horizon
Credit: N. Hanacek/NIST

There have been sightings. There has been evidence. Now, it’s time to make contact. How does our NISTifying tweak change the plotline for Close Encounters of the Third Kind?

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Big number seven. Letters representing abbreviations for the base units within the 7. Words: The Magnificent Seven Base Units. Tagline: They were seven... THEIR PRECISION AFFECTS MORE THAN 7 MILLION
Credit: N. Hanacek/NIST

Kilogram... The heavyweight. Candela... The shining hero. Kelvin... The hothead. Meter... The long face. Second... The speedy one. Ampere... The spark plug. Mole... The substantive voice. With a cast like this, what would our version of The Magnificent Seven be like? 

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Cat eyes. Words: Schrodinger's Cats. Cat body. Reflection of cat body with a mathematical equation in it
Credit: N. Hanacek/NIST

Let the memory live again. Catch this new, NISTy spin on a Broadway classic, coming to you live (or not?) from inside a box.

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blue background with atoms. Woman with atom as face, white hair, sunglasses. Words Atomic Bond
Credit: B. Hayes/NIST

Spy games take a dangerous turn during the ultracold war. What would the synopsis be for our NISTified version of Atomic Blonde?

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blue top half. faint buildings. yellow bottom right corner. faint outline of past ways we measured light. Candela superhero in green in middle. Words: Green Candela
Credit: N. Hanacek/NIST

Vision is perhaps the most powerful of human senses, and the Green Candela (measured at 540 × 1012 hertz) harnesses that power for photometry. How would our NISTy character swap change the plotline for the Green Lantern?

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Pink sky. Top: 50 First Data Points. Island. Faint background of people walking. Palm tree. Setting sun. Penguin. Plants. Measurements around all objects
Credit: B. Hayes/NIST

Here's a romantic comedy we could curl up on the couch and eat half a liter of ice cream to this Valentine's Day. But how would the plotline for 50 First Dates change with our NISTified title?

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Dark sky and background. Snow. Big microscope in middle with scientist looking on. Words: Polar Molecule Express
Credit: N. Hanacek/NIST

All you need to do is believe. How would the plotline for The Polar Express change with our NIST-ified version of its title?

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Sunset background. White clock overlaid. Mountains in background. Train tracks. Foreground: black and white of atomic clock. Words: 3:10:00 to Yuma
Credit: B. Hayes/NIST

The train leaves promptly; don’t be late. How would our strict timeline speed up this NISTified version of 3:10 to Yuma?

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blue bar at top with words: Strontimm Atoms. Stable Laser. Optical Lattices. Bronze tinted photo of a optical clock. Blue bar with words: Find your way to absolute zero. Ultra Cold Mountains. Bronze tinted photo of peaks and valleys with balls in the valleys.
Credit: N. Hanacek/NIST

All we can do is learn from the past and trap atoms with it. How would this NISTified version of Cold Mountain play out?

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Parody movie poster says "The League of Extraordinary Genomes" with a male figure with strands of DNA inside him and the letters A, C, G, T floating around.
Credit: B. Hayes/NIST

The base pair is C-G, and the hunt is still on. How do you think this NISTified version of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen would play out?

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Parody movie poster has a large hand reaching down to touch a miniaturized scientific device.
Credit: B. Hayes/NIST

Did we shrink the certainty along with it?

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Parody movie poster has a jet engine on one side and a column of weights that make up a deadweight machine on the other.
Credit: N. Hanacek/NIST

You always told me that precise tools have nothing to fear, so I’m trying my best not to be afraid. What do you think would change in this NISTified version of Catch Me If You Can?

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Have your own idea for a NISTified movie title? Let our riley.wilson [at] (social media manager) know.

Created May 19, 2021, Updated August 30, 2022