Back in August of 2008 I lifted more material from a wide-variety of mediums, including other Blogs, to come up with an incomplete list of ways the world might come to an end. The result was: We are all going to die (probably) 1/.
Part of that effort included a summary around the ominous sounding Atom Smasher:
I rather like this one (not to be confused with Cirith Ungol, as exampled, here).
However, you can learn more about it (the actual scientific experiment, not the Cirith Ungol tune) by watching the following video:
Scientists in Europe have been building the world’s largest particle accelerator. Basically its a 27km tunnel designed to smash atoms together to find out what makes the Universe tick. However, the mega-gadget has caused serious concern, with some scientists suggesting that it’s properly even a bad idea to turn it on in the first place. They’re predicting all manner of deadly results, including mini black holes. So when this machine is fired up for its first serious experiment in 2012, the world could be crushed into a super-dense blob the size of a basketball.
I want to get a telephone call or text message just before they pull the lever so I can start jumping up and down to see if it makes any difference (like when an air liner is rushing towards the ground).
Update: Tallyho has reminded me that the Atom Smasher has been turned on, and the world has not yet been destroyed.
Let’s be sure we have dancing in the streets, and possibly (carefully considered) bacchanalian pursuits.
It should be noted that, also introduced in that fateful posting, were the infamous Prudent Society of Optimistic Gentlemen, an ill-conceived group if ever there was one, fully prepared to stand up to the dreaded Illuminati. As unhappy as they might be to learn of us, they may fear us as well. Although we may not be able to out think or outwit them, we can likely out drink them as we confound our neighbors with scandalous theories of international intrigue, and put on decidedly more impressive airs than the best of them. We challenge any one of them to a wrestling match.
Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.
Brian Patrick Cork
/1 This was followed up with the ill-conceived: We are all going to die (again).