it takes large numbers to impress me

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A tracking device on an elephant seal showed that the animal traveled 18,000 miles (29,000 kilometers) in one year. Think of how many squid, octopi, and fish that sucker ate to maintain the energy for all that swimming. If it had stayed in one spot and watched television, many innocent lives would have been saved.

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The giant black hole at the center of galaxy is scheduled to eat a cloud of gas in 2013. Okay, technically, it ate the gas cloud over a thousand years ago, but the light from that cloud is reaching us now and astronomers can watch the massive Slurpee ingestion as it happened. Do you want to watch? I do.

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