The Upside Of Doom

Wistful reflections on the end that might have been

Boy, am I disappointed. Here I was all excited about that Giant Killer Asteroid streaking toward our planet. For a few delicious hours, cataclysmic devastation on an unparalleled scale hung in the air, perhaps the end of civilization as we know it. It happened to the dinosaurs; now it would happen to us! Then--bam!--the rug was pulled out from under me.

Ha-ha, we're not going to be annihilated after all, crowed the TV newsies in their irritating way. Seems the scientists had miscalculated. A bunch of astronomers announced that the space slab's going to miss us by a good 600,000 miles....

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