People are burning leaves, ironing pants, peeling vegetables–really existing next to the abyss. Turns out that the tallest part of the ocean is devastatingly close to big, weighty cities like Tokyo and Manila.

At thirty-six thousand feet, the Challenger Deep in the Pacific is the darkest, deepest part of the ocean.

If you sliced Mt. Everest off its base, flipped it on its back and pegged it into this oceanic trench, water would still cover the mountain’s peak by a mile.

Which I used to not be able to run as a kid. I mean, the first time I ran a mile I went out for margaritas. It was a big deal. And one mile is just a pinch of salt on top of all that earth and water.

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