Tuesday, July 22, 2003


So Saddam Hussein's sons are dead. I wonder how long it will be before we see video of them from Arab TV and then commentary from Dan Rather saying "there's no way to determine when this video was shot but it could disprove U.S. claims that they were killed on July 22nd."


Speaking of inexact science, may I present: "Star counting".

I love this story. First off, I didn't know there was a number "sextillion" (it sounds more like the title of a cheesy b-movie involving scantily clad women and lizards), but what really intrigued me was the final part of the story where this astronomer unabashedly says this is only an estimate of the stars we can see: "The real number could be much, much larger still -- some people think it is infinite," he said.

SAN ANTONIO (ANS) -- A South Texas homeowner claimed Tuesday to have completed the most accurate calculation ever of how many blades of grass are visible in his own back yard.....

I like news stories like this because they glaringly point out how we fall far short of being "all knowing", especially when it comes to the intricacy and immensity of the universe.

I knew that...but it doesn't hurt to be reminded.
Don't lose your head when you read this story. If you have a weak stomach or a high level of disbelief you may not want to read it at all
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