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Quotes by Bill Bryson

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DisgustingYour skin cells are all dead. It's a somewhat galling notion to reflect that every inch of your surface is deceased.
- (Author of A Short History of Nearly Everything)
extinctionIt's an unnerving thought that we humans may be the living universe's supreme achievement and its worst nightmare simultaneously.
HospitalsIn U.S. hospitals alone, some fourteen thousand people a year die from infections they pick up there.
InfluenzaWorld War I killed twenty-one million people in four years; swine flu did the same in its first four months. Almost 80 percent of American casualties in the First World War came not from enemy fire, but from flu.
- (author of A Short History of Nearly Everything)
ResearchIn France, a chemist named Pilatre de Rozier tested the flammability of hydrogen by gulping a mouthful and blowing across an open flame, proving at a stroke that hydrogen is indeed explosively combustible and that eyebrows are not necessarily a permanent feature of one's face.
scientific advanceThe pharmaceutical industry hasn't given us an entirely new antibiotic since the 1970s.
- (author of A Short History of Nearly Everything)
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