Wednesday, April 13, 2011


We are the second longest-lived mammals, after the bowhead whale. Bowheads are believed to occasionally swim for two hundred years. A human being, typically a woman, who lives a century is noteworthy. Every other mammal is gone sooner than we and the bowheads are. It is our great longevity which enables us not to be devastated by sunset and the end of day.


  1. Giant tortoises are the longest-lived of all vertebrates, averaging over 100 years. The oldest on record lived to be 152.

  2. What was the population of the Northwest Territory?

  3. According to Wikipedia the population of the Northwest Territories has risen from about 17,000 in the mid-1950's to about 41,000 today.