On the topic of ghost stories - do any other UK members here recall the BBC showing a series of stories in the children's "Jackanory" slot in the early 80's (?) - scared the shit out of me they did, I was only 10 or so.
Imagine a ball of iron, the size of the sun. And once a year a tiny sparrow brushes its surface with the tip of its wing. And when that ball of iron, the size of the sun, is worn away to nothing, your punishment will barely have begun.