Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Wisdom from a Teddy

When Teddy Roosevelt was president of the United States, he and his friend would routinely go outside after dinner and look up at the night sky. They would locate a faint spot of light on the lower left hand corner of Pegasus and recite the following:
"This is the spiral Galaxy Andromeda.
It is as large as our Milky Way.
It is one of 100 million galaxies.
It is 750,000 light years away.
It consists of 100 billion suns, each larger than our sun."
Roosevelt would pause and grin and say to his friend "Now I think we feel small enough! Let's get some sleep".

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