Tuesday, September 09, 2008

I'm Not Expecting the World to End Tomorrow...

In fact, I have some Batman comics en route that won't delivered for several days - not the course of action I'd have taken if I expected the planet to spontaneously transform into a strange quark star at some point on Wednesday.

Why am I bringing this up? Because the Large Hadron Collider is coming online tomorrow, and a couple of concerned non-physicists have made their way to the internet and NPR begun decrying it as the likely cause of the end of the world, if not the universe. Nevermind that there are several particle accelerators in the world that have yet to destroy the planet and nevermind that the LHC won't be doing anything that doesn't occur in nature; the end of the world is just so sexy! Science be damned- if we can get on the air to talk about the imminent end of existence, so much the better.

Well, again, your old pal Skippy isn't banking on the end of mankind in the morning, but luckily a website has been set up that will allow us to monitor whether or not the LHC has annihilated the planet. If you happen wonder if the the Large Hadron Collider has destroyed the world yet, just mosey on over to HasTheLargeHadronColliderDestroyedTheWorldYet.com and check for yourself.

Hopefully this will help avoid any confusion.

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