Now, you tell me...
Some readers may recall my Physical Fitnas blog entry of April 1st. In that post, I give a heads up to readers on the possibility that a scientific experiment in Europe might spell the end of just about everything . . . if Walter Wagner and Luis Sancho are right:
They think a giant particle accelerator that will begin smashing protons together outside Geneva this summer might produce a black hole that will spell the end of the Earth -- and maybe the universe.Being the eternal optimist, I decided to look on the bright side of this possibility. In fact, I became downright hopeful about the endtime scenario, treated it as a certainty, and took unhaltering 'steps' to deal with what I had come to see as inevitable . . . only to hear the bad news from Malcolm Pollack:
"There are those who fear that the collider, which occupies a 17-mile-long tunnel straddling the border of Switzerland and France, may kill us all by creating a world-devouring black hole or strangelet. While we can all enjoy a little frisson at the thought of such a gaudy exit, it is not going to happen."Dismayed, I posted a prompt wail of despair:
But . . . but . . . I've already cashed in my mortgage, vacationed a week in some place I can't even spell, and left my wife and kids -- only to have you tell me "it is not going to happen"? Damn, now I have nothing to live for. If the world's not going to end, I might as well kill myself. Thanks a lot.At least Wagner and Sancho were not entirely wrong. My world has come to an end, and I can take some solace in that.