Thursday, October 23, 2003

Happy (B)Earthday!

The enduring legacy of the seventeenth-century Archbishop James Ussher was his historical chronology, recorded in The Annals of the World. Therein, Archbishop Ussher determined that the date of the Biblical creation was October 23, 4004 BC. (The Earth, as it happens, is a Scorpio.)

Thus, by Ussher's calendar, today marks the 6006th birthday of the Earth. (Remember, there was no year zero.) So raise a glass to mother Earth, and let's hope the next 6006 years are better than the first.


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