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September 2012

"Biblical-Type Floods Are Real, and They're Absolutely Enormous"

The story of another scientist who was laughed at but whose truth eventually won

Long before the discovery of the scablands, geologists dismissed the role of catastrophic floods in interpreting European geology. . . .

[J. Harlen] Bretz was a classic field geologist and a controversial figure throughout his career. In 1925 he presented the story of the region’s giant floods, seeing what others at first could not—and then would not—see. He spent his lifetime piecing together the story of how a raging wall of water hundreds of feet high roared across eastern Washington, carving deep channels before cascading down the Columbia River Gorge as a wall of water high enough to turn Oregon’s Willamette Valley into a vast backwater lake. . . .

Bretz was ridiculed until 1940 . . .

Another reason to major in economics?

Business Insider, 9/27:

Economics students probably do it daily, according to UK site StudentBeans.com.

The site asked 4,656 sexually active students from more than 100 universities across the UK.

The result was that economics majors were found to have slept with an average of 4.88 partners since starting university.

Runners-up were social workers (4.7 partners), followed by marketing students (4.57 partners).