Nothing travels faster than the speed of light…

… with the possible exception of bad news, which obeys its own special laws. Two Douglas Adams quotes in less than a week, but both strangely appropriate IMHO.

Earlier today I came across a report that Steve ‘Crocodile Hunter’ Irwin had been killed in a freak accident while shooting a documentary near Port Douglas, Australia.

Ironically, it was a stingray that managed to succeed where pretty much all of the world’s deadliest species had failed at one time or another. What are the odds? (Pretty good I suppose, if you’re poking it with a stick and yelling ‘Look at this liddle byoody!’)

Far be it for me to make light of a tragedy, but I have to say I was amazed at how quickly the news spread and I’m not just talking about the news wires. Early on, before most news agencies had even picked up on the story and apparently before Steve’s widow had heard, Irwin’s WikiPedia obituary had been updated so many times that contributions were temporarily suspended.

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