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John O'L BS: How Long Is Eternity (93* d) RE: BS: How Long Is Eternity 19 Mar 08


When I was very little, back in the 1950s, my dad had a book which I think was called The History of the World or something equally ambitious, and I can't remember who wrote it, if I ever knew. Anyway I loved the foreword, and committed it to memory:

High in the north in the land called Svithjod there stands a rock. It is a hundred miles high and a hundred miles wide. Once every hundred years a bird comes to the rock to sharpen its beak. When the rock has thus been worn away a single day of eternity will have gone by.

That's it, word perfect, after all this time.
Not eternity, granted, but the rock must be getting noticably smaller by now.


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