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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Happy Birthday, Earth! You don't look a day over 6000!

Woo hoo! Break out the party hats! It's the birthday of our favorite planet--- at least according to  Archbishop Ussher, who (in 1658) calculated that the Earth was created 9am on 23 Oct, 4004 BC. (Alas, he didn't specify a time zone.)

Lesser known but also true: The rest of Ussher's calculations said the Earth would end around 2004. That didn't happen, of course, but contradictory evidence is never a problem for Creationists or Biblical literalists.

Party on!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ussher_chronology