10 September 2008

The World Did Not End Today

Posted in fun at 8:42 pm by Tricia

Nearly everybody (including those, like me, who can be accused of living under a rock with respect to pop culture) has heard of the lawsuit contending that the earth would be destroyed when the Large Hadron Collider was switched on today. It didn’t – at least not yet! Maybe once they get those beams actually colliding.

So anyway, what do these three pictures have to do with one another, and why am I posting them with this entry?

Large Hadron Collider

Large Hadron Collider, by Image Editor, on Flickr

The first is a picture of the Large Hadron Collider. (Duh!) (More pictures available at boston.com.)

Delivering the News

Delivering The News, by CaZaTo Ma, on Flickr

One of our neighbors is an experimental physicist, and he works on some component of the ATLAS part of the LHC project. His family is in Switzerland right now. Because he’s there, my son and another neighbor kid are doing the paper route once assigned to their son.

Storm Damage

Storm Damage, by CaZaTo Ma, on Flickr

As my neighbors were en route to Switzerland, a tree split and (gently!) fell onto their house in a big storm. No major damage, but luckily it wasn’t an omen for the LHC! Because otherwise, I couldn’t have written this entry, right? Maybe I should go bake some cookies, to celebrate, like this person. Although with the state of my kitchen, I’m not sure I could guarantee they’d be free of strange matter!

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1 Comment »

  1. NWHiker said,

    Just so you know:

    http://hasthelargehadroncolliderdestroyedtheworldyet.com/


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