Tag: large hadron collider

“Physicists like to scare the pants off people”

 Okay, the truth is out.  Physicist Michio Kaku says, “Occasionally, physicists like to scare the pants off people.”  I am not making this up.  So, the big joke for today is the Large Hadron Collider, which many feel will create black holes and suck the entire earth into some other dimension.  Hence the name of my post on Monday, “World Ends This Wednesday?”.  

But, it gets worse.  Professor Kaku says that there is this bizarre theory (if it’s so bizarre, why is he telling us about it?…the truth is out there…) that the LHC will produce strangelets.  These are not the same as people who attend your church, although there may be some resemblance.  Strangelets are weird hunks of matter that are, well, strange.  And, if you touch it, you become a strangelet yourself.  Which is just what some people will do.  I can hear it now — “Really?  This little thing?  I’ll just touch it once.”  (See what I mean.)  Anyway, this sounds a lot like the apple in the Garden of Eden thing all over again.  We didn’t do so well on that test the first time around, who’s to say we’ll do any better this time.  

So, the next time you’re looking for some rollicking entertainment for your next Halloween party, call a physicist.  After all, they like to scare the pants off people.

World ends this Wednesday?

 Okay, Hal Lindsay missed it when he predicted it, too.  But, on Wednesday, September 10, the Large Hadron Collider will collide its first particles.  Of course, CERN, the group that has waited 20-years for this event, says it’s safe.  Which is also what the US government told us about nuclear energy, but hey, who knew?  Anyway, a lot of folks are really nervous that the collider will create the first manmade black hole and we’ll all be sucked into it.  However, I wouldn’t plan to call in sick in Wednesday, just in case this doesn’t happen.  Of course, if it does there will be no need to call in…  Anyway, enjoy your week!