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A thought for your penny…

From Randall Monroe’s exquisite What If?, The Cost of Pennies.

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As we search for a larger change jar, we might recall that this was the date, in 1919, on which the world did not end.  American meteorologist Albert Porta had made a widely-publicized prediction that a conjunction of six planets on that date would cause a “magnetic current” to “pierce the sun”, causing an explosion of flaming gas which would engulf the Earth.  The hysteria that followed incited mob violence and some suicides… before, as the world did not end, it subsided.

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Written by LW

December 17, 2012 at 1:01 am

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