Thursday, October 22, 2009

Happy Birthday, Earth!

According to the immortal Bishop Ussher, the Earth was created at dusk on this day in 4004 BC, at approximately 6:00 PM. (I'm assuming Ussher would have meant Greenwich Mean Time, if he'd had the benefit of timezones, and that translates into 1:00 PM EDT. On the other hand, Ussher might have burned at the stake anyone who dared to hint at timezones; it can be difficult to account for the prejudices of a man dead 350 years.)

Therefore, at this moment, the Earth is officially 6012 years old.

Please celebrate responsibly.

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