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Wednesday, 29 August 2007

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Pahokee, Florida (IP) - Pahokee, Florida recently made headlines when a boy from that town won the 200 inch wide Mount Palomar telescope. The telescope was bought on eBay for $14.95. Unfortunately the lad has grown tired of the great scope and the telescope is now used to hang clothing on.

Pahokee was again in the news thanks to an amazing and unique feature found in it's Banyan Street Planetarium. The planetarium features real stars in miniature and a complete solar system in miniature. The little solar system has numerous planets that appear to have oceans, atmospheres, and land masses.

The planetarium's curator refused to disclose how or where the stars and solar system came from. There is a rumor in town that he was worried about the ethical ramifications of being in charge of a portion of a miniature galaxy that may contain life.

One night his worst fears were realized. During the night portion of the planets diurnal cycle lights could plainly be seen on the land masses of some of the planets. Suddenly there were bright flashes of light over the planets continents.

The curator suspected the worst and sure enough a Geiger counter indicated that the level of radiation surrounding the planet had risen to very high levels. The planet glowed red and brown and before long appeared like a burnt out cinder.

The curator became despondent as he wondered if he could have intervened. The lights no longer shined on this planet's surface at night. From afar the planet had appeared serene and no political borders or turmoil were evident from the vantage point of the planetarium's space.

Intervention had most likely been impossible. There was no way to communicate with the beings on the planet and the introduction or use of any physical tools, like tweezers for instance, on the tiny planet would have caused death and destruction to the planets inhabitants.

The planet was obviously dead now. The curator was haunted by the memory of the planet's once serene and beautiful appearance. He could not get it out of his head. It seemed insane that something that appeared so indescribably beautiful and peaceful from afar could self destruct in such a violent fashion. There must have been unimaginable levels of strife and friction present at the time of destruction.

In reality the curator did not have a clue as to how bad things had become on the planet. The planet's inhabitants had started making the wrong choices from the very beginning. They had chosen discord over harmony. There had been no unified goal to work towards. Greed and injustice prevailed. They seemed obsessed with trivial differences between themselves and the daily focus on picayune matters eventually grew to the point where self destruction became the method chosen as the means to end the misery and pain being suffered. It had been mostly brought about by the planet's leaders and to a lesser extent by the underclasses inability to see the big picture.

The curator decided to walk away from the remaining planets. He had grown frustrated and depressed by the fate of the little blue gem he had admired so much. He left the other planets to fend for themselves knowing he had no control over their fate. He chained the doors of the planetarium shut and walked away one day and never returned to learn the fate of the remaining planets.

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