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The Life and Times of Donald F. Simmons

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The Size of Our World

Here's a way-cool visual comparison of the size of the Earth to the other planets, the planets to the Sun, and the Sun to other stars. Beware if you suffer from vertigo or a deep-seated fear that you are indeed a mere speck of dust on a speck of dust in an uncaring cosmos.

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I'm actually more surprised by how small Mars is. I knew it was smaller than us, but I didn't quite get how much smaller.

"We're just tiny little specks about the size of Mickey Rooney."

Yeah. In the grand scheme of things, everyone, from Verne Troyer to that guy who pulled plastic out of dolphins a few weeks ago, is about the same size as Mickey Rooney; but then in the grander scheme of things we're all approximately the same size as sperm whales or mosquitoes.

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