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Comment Let's be honest about something (Score 1) 412

Based on what we know about the asteroid, specifically the fact that it's 140m in size, we're not looking at the end of the world here. The impact crater will be about 2-3 km in size and major effects felt up to about 100-200 miles away. This is not an armageddon situation and even at the worst case that it's made of something really dense, it's not going to cause global damage. We won't have a chunk of the planet missing and the axis won't change. Once we know what the deal is we should have more than enough information that even if we miss our target, there will be plenty of time to evacuate whatever town is going to get flattened.

New Hitchhiker's Guide Book "Not Very Funny" 410

daria42 writes "An early review of part of the Eoin Colfer-penned sequel to Douglas Adams's Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy series has panned the book as not being very funny. If you read Hitchhiker to have a good laugh, maybe you're going to be disappointed," wrote Nicolas Botti, on his Douglas Adams fan site earlier this month."

Bitterness To Be Classified As a Mental Illness 511

Some psychiatrists are trying to get excessive bitterness identified as a mental illness named post-traumatic embitterment disorder. Of course this has some people who live perfect little lives, and always get what they want, questioning the new classification. The so called "disorder" is modeled after post-traumatic stress disorder because it too is a response to a trauma that endures. "They feel the world has treated them unfairly. It's one step more complex than anger. They're angry plus helpless," says Dr. Michael Linden, the psychiatrist who put a name to how the world works.

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