out of the ordinary

A friend of mine recently summed it up like this: "Everything is getting beyond itself."

Maybe it's the end of the Mayan calendar. Maybe it's the Cardinal Cross in the skies. But today's Astroblog doesn't explore either causes or synchronicities, just the facts.


9 of the 10 warmest years, since we've been keeping track in 1880, have been in the last decade. The 10th year was 1998.

Of the 20 largest stock market percentage losses in a single day, 5 have been in the last decade.

And, interestingly enough, there have only been
20 perfect games pitched in major league baseball, going back to the 19th century. Four of them were pitched in the last decade. Three were pitched in the last two years. And had a bad call not foiled on perfect game, 3 would have been pitched within a three week period in 2010.

Just a few facts that seem to indicate that things are indeed getting beyond themselves.