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Planet Earth

Doomsday Chronicles, pt. 4

Collide-a-ScapeBy Keith KloorJanuary 7, 2011 4:14 AM

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Bryan Walsh at Time has a nice target="_blank">deconstruction of the recent cluster of sudden animal deaths he sardonically refers to as

the Aflockalypse, the Aquapalypse or some other clever term that will soon be trending on Twitter.

Walsh asks:

With so many mass animal deaths occurring together in such a short period of time, it seems perfectly reasonable to ask the question: are the end times nigh?

He's kidding.

Actually, no, it's not reasonable at all. While it is possible that these string of suspicious animal deaths could signal some kind Revelations-like event a third of the living creatures in the sea died"), it's really, really, really unlikely. For one thing, as they examine the deaths, scientists are already beginning to come up with explanations"”none of which so far involves a pale horse and pale rider.

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