Monday, October 31, 2011

A Little Something Scary for Halloween

Zombies, vampires, ghosts.  These are the fodder for the usual Halloween stories.  But there are some stories that people don't want to tell on this night.  Stories that could shake the very foundations of your reality.  You already know where to look to find these stories, but you avoid it.  You watch your Real Jersey Shore Housewife Wipeouts and smile, because the specter that is too horrible to contemplate looms ever just over your shoulder.  Oh yes, you can't escape it.  It's... it's... the news.  Duh duh duuuuuuuuh!

Obviously, there are bad things afoot in the economy, the worst seen in quite a while.  But I was surprised to see some comparing the current economic conditions to the failure of communism in eastern Europe.  Opinions vary, from it's alive, just not for us to my personal favorite about the myth of eternal growth, and the debate is nowhere close to being finished.

Perhaps you are an optimist about the economy or just find the whole debate a bit abstract.  Well what if I told you that a magma pocket under a volcano in Bolivia is filling at the rate of 27 cubic feet per second.  And that volcano is part of a cluster of volcanoes that form a potential super-volcano.  This particular super volcano last erupted about 300,000 years ago, spewing out a thousand times more material than the famous Mt. St. Helens eruption.  Also, the super volcano erupts on average about once every 300,000 years.  Should a super-eruption happen, it would be a natural disaster on a scale that literally has not happened since before the dawn of mankind.

OK, you've had enough of the scary stuff.  I get it.  Tomorrow's just Tuesday.  Here, have a listen to the world's most relaxing music, at least according to UK scientists.

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