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Carrington trick-or-treat

Let's talk scary stuff.
berman
Many people worry about Earth’s destruction. Let’s limit this by ignoring standard human mischief, such as overpopulation and the new 2-pound hyper-cholesterol Ultra Burger. We’ll focus on that old beloved peril, danger from space — an appropriate topic this Halloween month.

Some quarter-century ago when I was still with Discover, we ran a story showing why you’re six times more likely to get killed by an asteroid or meteorite than die in a fiery plane crash. That’s because a big space rock — while rare — can destroy half the planet, while modern airline flying is quite safe once your leg circulation returns.

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