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Jim Bow
08-16-2017, 02:02 PM
I was listening to a local sports show. One of the common taters said he was talking to a fellow broadcaster, in the UK, about the betting on the English Premier League. That person then mentioned that on the 21st of August, the eclipse happens in the USA with worldwide television coverage, and Big Ben will be silenced, with worldwide TV coverage. Betting parlors have been taking bets on whether or not Phillip or Elizabeth will pass away on the same day. Gruesome, but . . . I'm going with Phil. Liz seems to be quite healthy.

skuthorp
08-16-2017, 05:44 PM
You can bet on whether an inside right will scratch his butt in the fourteenth minute of the first half of a schoolboy match in Leeds on a tuesday these days.
Usually a fix is in.

john welsford
08-16-2017, 06:11 PM
What is it with some people about eclipses? A perfectly natural and normal event and people in some parts are rushing around stockpiling food, fuel and ammunition? Crazy stuff, an hour or two of dim light and then back to normal.

John Welsford

sharpiefan
08-16-2017, 06:41 PM
What is it with some people about eclipses? A perfectly natural and normal event and people in some parts are rushing around stockpiling food, fuel and ammunition? Crazy stuff, an hour or two of dim light and then back to normal.

John Welsford



"In the species' intellectual infancy, we reacted to those cosmic manifestations the way we do in our personal intimacy -- assuming that whatever is happening must somehow be about us. For many countless generations, we applied the kind of false pattern recognition we're so good at," Druyan says. "There's darkness at noon. That means the king is not in favor or gods are angry or we have committed a terrible sin by sleeping with the wrong person or eating the wrong food on the wrong day. We're past that -- mostly. We understand the geometry and juxtapositioning that make eclipses possible and can even predict them centuries in advance. But all that is the product of our forebrains -- where cool, dispassionate reason lives. It's in the deeper regions that our emotions lie -- and those are the parts that eclipses touch."

Carl Sagan's Widow, Ann Druyan, On A Solar Eclipse's Power (LINK) (http://time.com/4889677/carl-sagan-ann-druyan-solar-eclipse/)

PS--If you think these people are bad, read Isaac Asimov's Nightfall (LINK) (http://www.astro.sunysb.edu/fwalter/AST389/TEXTS/Nightfall.htm).