So when they told him that the universe would either expand forever, ending in total darkness, or would collapse in a big crunch, destroying everything, the king said: 'well, I'd rather opt for the crunch.'
'Why?' his astronomers asked.
'Because the darkness scares me.'
'You don't understand,' they said 'it's not like a democratic decision.'
'Well, we don't live in a democracy anyway, now do we?' the king threatened
And so they obediently went back to their telescopes and the question was solved forever.