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January 22, 2019 / philosophermouseofthehedge

One if by fire. Two, if Tsunami.

man on horse. Comic cover, 1948. Dan Barry, illustrator. (USPD, CR expired, artist life/

Whoa. Zero to nothing in 60 seconds.(1948.comic cover by Dan Barry/USPD/

The ones in Texas died first. Next the big mouths in New Mexico. The cereal killers. The giants capable of masticate destruction. All took the hit.

The single worst day in Earth’s history, but, hey, it opened the door for human development and dominance. (Gads. Should we worry that the original land owners’ descendent will eventually squawk about reparations? DNA says they are still around…)

Talk about a slap out of the blue.

An asteroid traveling at over 40,000 miles an hour, punched a hole nearly 20 miles deep and gouging a crater 124 miles wide off the coast of Mexico near Chicxulub.

Only seven miles wide, the asteroid created an unstoppable chain reaction of climate/environment consequences resulting in 60 percent of the plant species to disappear and the almost immediate extinction of nearly 75 percent of known animal species. Took like 11 minutes for New Mexico residents. (Now that’s global warming.)

For about 300,000 years, nothing was stirring not even a mouse – except for some weird heat-loving microbes deep in the toxic crater. (Hmmm, you know, people are overheated wondering where all the toxic behavior in humans originated…..)

Read the show transcript or watch the entire NOVA episode here.

NOVA free video viewing offer expires 2/13/19

If you are interested in granite countertops, locating historic ocean front property, mass fires (No, not about layoffs), or moooved by the cows of the Cretaceous, watch the episode. (Probably not for preschoolers, though)

Dinosaurs flourished for about 170-million years, while the modern human species has only bossed around others for about 300,000 years. (Too early to tell if the Keto or Paleo diets give any advantage for the long term.) Humans, just toddlers by comparison with questionable ability to survive long term.

A little slap from outer space can change everything.

You’d think more time and energy would be focused on NASA, SpaceX, or searching useful bits from the visionaries of Sci-fi.

But that probably isn’t as much fun as selfies, Facebook, or snarking on social media.

Of course, the big question is could AI survive as the bacteria did?

A few tucked deep into military bunkers. Some shielded by shipping containers. Lesser ones of Disney’s Hall of Presidents? (Please, noooo).

The last remnant – a souvenir – of human existence and what passed for intelligence. An imitation “in our image”. All that’s left to represent humans to those who arrive later.

What will future explorers encounter with our AI survivors? Whiners? “That one clipped my chip”. Demanding? “Stop standing in the sun depleting my energy.” Entitled? “I’m on break (powering down)…”

Yeah, they learn from us… What will they think.

Stay tune as the world learns

Phil, the Philosopher of the Hedge

Space woman in distress. Outer Space monster. 1946. Joe Doolin cover (USPD: CR lapsed, artist life/

What if the toxic giddy microbes decided to make something differently next time?(1946.Joe Doolin cover/ USPD/


  1. Kate Crimmins / Jan 22 2019 6:58 am

    I doubt we will survive as long as the dinosaurs. AI is a different story though.


  2. shoreacres / Jan 22 2019 7:01 am

    Here’s a complementary article that’s really pretty interesting. Talk about diversity. The neat thing is that we might get to witness the big change you’ve mentioned. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez suggested yesterday in an interview that the world’s going to end in twelve years. Huzzah! I might still be around to see it. Every cloud has a silver lining, as they say.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 22 2019 7:19 am

      What a cool article. Love that arm and time period chart!
      Gee, Alexandria is just so busy these days. It’ the internet and her Twitter – if there were only book and print, she’d slow down…watch the curbs, kid.
      (Wonder if there are those hauling out the charge cards and getting rooms of TVs and red soled shoes – hey, if you can stall payment for 12 year, then who cares?)
      Thanks for the morning grins!

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  3. Spinster / Jan 22 2019 10:25 am

    Been over this planet for a very long time. Anyone have a ride to Neptune? This place and its inhabitants often sicken me.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 22 2019 11:13 am

      The dinosaurs tried to hide in Patagonia, Chile, nearly 5,000 miles from the impact, but it didn’t help. (which scientist wondered about until recent evidence) All things considered, understanding the extent of that disaster make so much of what is going on seem so petty and childish. Every dog has its’ day…humans may be experiencing that now…but for how long ?(no matter what efforts are made by humans) Time for some long term thinking…and space exploration?
      It is discouraging sometimes.
      Thanks for digging up a comment to leave

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  4. robstroud / Jan 22 2019 11:13 am

    The most sobering fact in this scenario is just how small a meteor has to be to be so utterly destructive.

    The same principle applies to some of the “non-explosive” missiles theorists have conjectured to be dropped on enemies from orbit.

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  5. Ally Bean / Jan 22 2019 12:24 pm

    All over in 12 years, eh? Huh. Now I’m rethinking my commitment to exercise and healthy eating. Makes even this Dry January idea seem pointless, when the end is nigh.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 22 2019 2:22 pm

      Ditto. Here. Passing you the gallon of ice cream and some lovely wine. (Hey, at this point anything goes) Mardi Gras should be fabulous this year HAHA. Beads for everyone. Thanks for dropping in with a comment

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  6. colonialist / Jan 22 2019 4:26 pm

    I wonder how small another asteroid has to be to guarantee sneaking past all our astronomers, and whether that is small enough not to do us all in? Lovely bedtime reading for the little kiddies, and to have the bigger ones wondering if there’ll be a morning to wake up to.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 22 2019 4:49 pm

      There is an asteroid watch by scientist, but oddly they do sneak up and surprise people.
      Such potential does make so many other things seem less important? Appreciate the moment! Thank for gazing along


  7. RKLikesReeses / Jan 22 2019 5:19 pm

    Yep. I’m in. Sooner? Better. I need a new roof & would just as soon be vaporized before it starts to leak. Haa!
    (AI – I wonder if it’ll miss us.)

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 22 2019 5:33 pm

      Can’t help wondering what’s next for ruling the planet(Someone is probably typing up a script for a movie that will become a huge hit about that….sigh, someday maybe I’ll be motivated HHA)
      Thanks for roasting up a comment to leave.

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  8. susielindau / Jan 22 2019 9:04 pm

    Can you imagine what it would be like if we coexisted? We’d probably live underground!

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    • LordBeariOfBow / Jan 22 2019 11:33 pm

      We’d probably have domesticated them and bred them for food, Just imagine cooking a TRex for dinner for two, be some left overs ,

      Hmmm refrigeration could be a problem , Better settle for BBQ Pterodactyl always goes down well.

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      • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 23 2019 11:18 am

        Well, one of them is considered the cows of the era…
        No doubt those Dinos in the northern regions saw that red sky and muttered, “Darn barbecuers, told those stupid Rex to be careful that it would be impossible to grab the fire extinguishers with those arms…”
        Thanks for taking a stab with a hot comment

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 23 2019 11:10 am

      Hard to laugh at that image: reminded my of the giant Australian Rex rabbit we had living in a sheltered 3 sided atrium with the rescued school guinea pig who huddle under the rabbit for protection when the hawks flew overhead. They dug tunnel networks and slept together. As much free range as such pets could get in suburbia. Just juxtapose those with humans and Dinos – with AI living in the house? Voila – Updated Flintstones? Thanks for the giggles!


  9. The Hook / Jan 23 2019 8:46 am

    Science, dinos AND vintage comic books?
    This one had it all!
    Well done.

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  10. Curt Mekemson / Jan 23 2019 4:50 pm

    “The time will come, the Walrus said.” Interesting to note. The cockroaches were around before the dinosaurs. They will probably be around long after we are gone. –Curt


  11. angelswhisper2011 / Jan 24 2019 1:47 am

    LB sings ♪♫♪Fly me to the Moon♪♫♪ don’t ask me why 😀 Pawkisses for a Happy Thursday🐾😽💞


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 24 2019 6:59 am

      Now we know why RC Cat was trying to sneak our the door (today’s post) – Either she was trying to join the earth party or attend the Welcome Home party. All pets should be chipped just in case they decide to take a vacation without owners. Thanks for sending out the signal notes! Happy happy forever more, please!

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