In the first village, he found two children starving. Their parents were dead and they were just being raised on the street, collecting scraps of waste people had thrown out. The preacher didn't know what to do, he reached into his bag to find one of the small, leather-bound Bibles he had brought with him. But just as he was about to hand it to the small boy, he put it back, and reached into his other pocket and handed the child his last sandwich that he had packed for the flight.
In the second village, he found a family all infected with AIDS. Even the children of the family, five of them, were cursed with the disease as it was passed onto them by their parents. The father was clearly close to death, and so he reached into his bag for one of the small leather-bound Bibles. At the last moment, though, he couldn't hand the man a Bible, so instead, reached into his other pocket and gave him the last of his money. He helped the children fetch some clean water, and helped repair the window of their house.
In the third village, the man was almost destitute. Suddenly a Toyota Hillux full of child soldiers roared into town. As the children jumped down with teh AK-47s and extended 40-round magazines, he fled, and hid behind a small stack of bins. He heard shots, firing, and eventually saw a few men dragged into the street and shot in the head. Finally he saw some grown men walk into a far house and listened to the screams as they raped the women inside. No longer able to bear it, he reached into his bag to find that one leather-bound Bible that he wanted to give to others, but had really saved for himself...
Upon flicking through the Bible, he found that it contained no real help on close-quarters combat tactics or evasion techniques, nor did it really offer any help in terms of translating "Please don't shoot" into the local language. Also, upon realizing the extent of the suffering around him, he concluded that no loving God could ever allow this and became an atheist. Also, that the leather on the Bible covers was an act of animal cruelty and so vowed to become a vegan. Also, in a final act of common sense, he ran off, located the nearest American embassy and got his ass out of the country and back home, where he embarked on a large money-raising exercise for multiple charities, including Water Aid and Doctors Without Borders, as he realized that the thousands of dollars he spent on travel arrangement and buying Bibles that didn't really help the situation would be best off in the hands of experts with existing infrastructure and contacts to make a difference. Also, that in hindsight, having the Bibles in English in a place where literacy levels were low because of lack of access to good education was a kinda stupid idea.
Most of you won't share this because you'd be bored to death by the end of the first paragraph, but share it if verbose, preachy, supposedly enlightening, anecdotal fiction annoys the fuck out of you too.
Light from the sun takes 8 minutes to reach you, thus you see the sun as it was 8 minutes ago. It might have blown up 4 minutes ago and you wouldn't know about it!
The Earth is not a sphere! It actually is an oblate spheroid, it is squashed slightly at the poles and bulges out at the equator due to its rotation.
Spare a thought for the constellations that never made it into the official list... these include Machina Electrica (the electricity generator), Officina Typographica (The Printing Office), and Turdus Solitarius (the solitary thrush)
When Galileo viewed Saturn for the first time through a telescope, he described the planet as having "ears". It was not until 1655 that Christian Huygens suggested the crazy theory that they might be an enormous set of rings around the planet.
If you could put Saturn in an enormous bathtub, it would float. The planet is less dense than water.
A teaspoon-full of Neutron star would weigh about 112 million tonnes.
Jupiter is heavier than all the other planets put together.
Even on the clearest night, the human eye can only see about 3,000 stars.
There are an estimated 100,000,000,000 in our galaxy alone!
The tallest mountain in the solar system is Olympus Mons, on Mars at a height of about 15 miles, three times the height of Mount Everest. It covers an area about half the size of Spain.
If the sun were the size of a dot on an ordinary-sized letter 'i', then the nearest star would be 10 miles away.
Half-a-billionth of the energy released by the sun reaches the Earth
Temperatures on Venus are hot enough to melt lead.
If you could travel at the speed of light (186,000 miles per second) it would take 100,000 years to cross our galaxy!
Only one side of the moon ever faces Earth. The moons period of rotation is exactly the same as it's period of orbit.
Betelgeuse, the bright star on Orion's top-left shoulder, is so big that if it was placed where the sun is, it would swallow up Earth, Mars and Jupiter!
If you stand on the equator, you are spinning at about 1,000 mph in as the Earth turns, as well as charging along at 67,000 mph round the sun.
On the equator you are about 3% lighter than at the poles, due to the centrifugal* force of the Earth spinning.
The atmosphere on Earth is proportionately thinner than the skin on an apple.
On Mercury a day (the time it takes for it to spin round once) is 59 Earth-days. Its year (the time it takes to orbit the sun) is 88 days- that means there are fewer than 2 days in a year!
If a piece of the sun the size of a pinhead were to be placed on Earth, you could not safely stand within 90 miles of it!
Its estimated that the number of stars in the universe is greater than the number of grains of sand on all the beaches in the world! On a clear night, we can see the equivalent of a handful of sand.
Every year the sun evaporates 100,000 cubic miles of water from Earth (that weighs 400 trillion tonnes!)
Jupiter acts as a huge vacuum cleaner, attracting and absorbing comets and meteors. Some estimates say that without Jupiters gravitational influence the number of massive projectiles hitting Earth would be 10,000 times greater.
Astronomers believe that space is not a complete vacuum- there are three atoms per cubic metre.
Saturn is not the only planet with rings- Neptune has it's own ring system.
Lifehacker is running a poll, asking "What’s Your Social Network of Choice?"
But they give Facebook and Twitter an unfair advantage: At the bottom are "Like" buttons for Facebook and Twitter. They're giving a tool to virally promote the poll on two of the social networks, but not the others. As a result, Facebook and Twitter have WAY more votes than Linkedin, Pinterest, MySpace and Instagram.
But Google+ is dominating the poll anyway, with (at the time I write this) twice as many votes as Facebook.
That's not enough.
Since Lifehacker decided to favor Facebook and Twitter, let's send them some Google+ love in the form of MASSIVE votes for Google+:
1. Share this post with all your circles.
2. Go here and vote for your social network of choice:
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