In 1873 Jules Verne published the novel “Around the World in 80 Days“, in which an English Gentleman attempts to circumnavigate the Earth on bet. At the time the story was taken as simple fiction.
In 1889 Nellie Bly actually succeeded in making the trip and did it in just 72 days.
Today the Space Shuttle can make the trip in about 90 minuets.
A new plasma based rocket engine system, named Vasimr, has just recently been approved for testing on the ISS in 2012. The new engine could make it possible to travel to Mars in as little as 39 days, making around trip voyage of less than 80 days.
could we finally be on the Brink.
|Billy Lucas was also 15, a student at Greensburg High School in Indiana. His classmates said he had trouble fitting in and he often became the target of bulling because he was ?different.? After a group of students had called him a fag and told him he should kill himself, he did just that. He had gone home and hanged himself in his parents barn.
More on Billy Lucas at Fox 59.
There is also a Facebook memorial page for Billy.
|13 year old Seth Welsh of Tehachapi California was openly gay. He to was often the victim of bulling by fellow classmates at Jacobsen Middle School. Taunting and ridicule that had apparently gone unchecked for some time. On September 19th Seth?s parents came home to find him unconscious in the backyard after he had attempted to hang himself from a tree. After nine days his parents took him off of life support.
There is more on Seth at KGET17.
|Asher Brown was a 13 year old 8th grader at Hamilton Middle School in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District when he shot himself in the head a day after students had tripped him down a flight of stairs. Asher?s stepfather found him at home when he came home from work. Asher had came out to his stepfather that morning. Asher?s parents had complained repeatedly to the school about the bulling over the last 18 months. School officials deny that any such complaints were ever made.
More about Asher can be found here.
|Bulling isn?t limited to high school students as we learned when 18 year old Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi posted this on his Facebook page.
His car, wallet, and other belongings were found at the George Washington bridge. His body has not been found. Tyler?s roommate Dharun Ravi used his webcam to stream to the internet Tyler making out with another guy acording to the story from ABC.