Sunday, March 30, 2008

The Earth is toast. Or not.

How to destroy the Earth:

You've heard people on the news claiming that the next nuclear war or cutting down rainforests or persisting in releasing hideous quantities of pollution into the atmosphere threatens to end the world.


The Earth is built to last. It is a 4,550,000,000-year-old, 5,973,600,000,000,000,000,000-tonne ball of iron. It has taken more devastating asteroid hits in its lifetime than you've had hot dinners, and lo, it still orbits merrily.

Even al-Gore, with his massive "carbon buttprint", can't save or destroy the Earth. I find this reassuring.

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