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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

And Now for Something Mildly Depressing. . . .

Dinosaurs died out 65 million years ago.  That's a rough estimate, of course.  It's not like scientists have confirmed that the last T. Rex kicked the bucket on October 2, 64,997,998 BC.  But consider this: If scientists had discovered dinosaurs on the day Christ was born, that estimate would have been the same.  If, 800 years before that, as Homer sang of Sirens and Cyclopses, protopaleontologists had pondered the dinosaurs' demise, they, too, would have provided that 65 million year figure, as would those early homo sapiens who decorated the caves at Lascaux.  And indeed, 100, 500, 1,000, 10,000 years hence, should mankind somehow manage to avoid obliterating itself in the meantime, that 65 million year figure will. Still. Not. Change!!!

I don't know about you, but this thought depresses me tremendously!  Happy birthday to me!

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