I estimated wrong.
Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub passed 3 million hits sometime this afternoon:
- 3,000,536 views all-time (7:51 p.m. CDT)
That’s about a month’s traffic on P. Z. Myers’ blog, Pharyngula (I’m estimating wildly); that’s a couple day’s traffic on Anthony Watts’ blog, Watts Up, even though most of the time you can’t find out what’s up from that blog, even if you need to know just the facts.
Which brings two aphorisms to mind:
- A lie can run around the world before truth gets its boots on. (Let’s attribute it to Mark Twain, just to tweak the fans of Charles Haddon Spurgeon; even Spurgeon said it was an aphorism.)
- We’ve been fighting ignorance since 1973. It’s taking longer than we thought. (Paraphrase of the motto of the “Straight Dope” column.)
Truth takes longer, even for a guy who writes quickly and can post non-stop, like Myers.
For those few readers who have stuck it out, thanks. For those new ones, stick it out for a while. To all of you: Hey, would it kill you to leave a comment when you drop by?
Thank you. Thank you a lot. Thanks, and come again soon.
* Yeah, it’s a jab at Rutledge Taylor’s ill-tempered mockumentary, “3 Billion and Counting.” No one can say what the 3 billion things are, and the movie is wildly error-prone, even for a mockumentary. Plus, it’s not funny, like “Best in Show.”
** No, it’s not really from Futurama (but wouldn’t that be cool — Filllmore and Nixon together?) I linked to the photo at Presidents “R” Us.com — but they were kind enough to link to that same photo at the Bathtub, earlier.