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Earth Facts For Earth Day

  • 2/3rds water.
  • 1/4 land.
  • The rest is the Shadowlands; never go there, Simba.
  • Earth is the only planet in the solar system where you can get babyback ribs.
  • The circumference of earth is almost 25,000 miles; a guy named Eratosthenes figured that out in 250 BC with a stick, a well, and some camels. (Honest.)
  • In some places, it is so cold that you will die.
  • In other places, it is so hot that you will die.
  • Our atmosphere is made up of 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen, and 1% fake news.
  • If the entire timeline of earth’s history were compressed into one day, then humans wouldn’t fuck up the climate until the last half-second.
  • Compared the Sun, our planet is tiny; if Earth were the size of a basketball, then the sun would be far larger.
  • Even with today’s technology, you could not install wall-to-wall carpeting on the earth.
  • The first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970.

“I did that. The press refuses to tell the truth about my accomplishments.”


“Nixon has always cared about the environment.”

You had a Democratic Congress and you signed environmental bills so they would pass your crime bills and fund your wars.

“And yet the environment was still  helped. Your naiveté is astonishing, son.”

What the hell are you doing?

“Communing with nature.”

In wingtips?

“One must look presentable. Keep trim, hair combed, that sort of thing. The people won’t vote for a stumblebum.”

You’d be surprised what the people would vote for.

“No, no. The American people are a clean-cut people. Inherently, Americans despise sloppiness. This is why the hippies are so despised. A decent American sees a hippie and knows it’s got a filthy asshole. Crusted over, maybe. And this, uh, fact is what you emphasize on the campaign trail. You must make the voter disgusted with your opponent. So, you link him to these dirty children. Works very well.”

You gonna take a dip?

“Nixon doesn’t swim.”


Road Trip Volume 2


“Bobby, just say you’re lost.”

“Josh, I was driving before you were born and I know where I’m going.”

“Just use the GPS.”

“I can’t do that and play Candy Crush at the same time.”


“Hey, kid! We anywhere near a Stuckey’s”

“I don’t think so, Billy.”

“No worries: Mickey’s gonna provide the pecan log.”





“Don’t think so.”

“Phil? You’re here now?”

“Yeah, sure.”


Gonna Party Like It’s Your Earth Day

For a band so heavily associated with the left, the Dead had a complicated and at times shaky relationship with environmentalism. Right off the bat, there was Brent’s whaling. Even the Japanese distanced themselves from it after they saw Brent’s methods, which involved stripping to his waist, sacrificing a war-bride, and just hurling himself off the boat like a crazy person to slide down the whale’s gullet and kill it from the inside.

Brent would burst forth from the blubber, having cut himself free with the knife he made out of his father’s bones. “TO THE OIL OF THE BEAST!” he would wail as he took a bit from the beast’s heart. The rest of the crew pretended to be into it, but it was just objectively unsettling.

Also, Mickey used to throw his empty styrofoam containers out the car window, but I think you have to view the shit Brent did as worse.

Bobby mostly went along with the nature thing, but he never became a vegetarian and was given to asking, out loud and at dinner parties, “Why are baby animals always the tastiest?” until Phil had a talk with him about indoor thoughts and outdoor thoughts.


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