11/10/2009

From Popular Science: Baguette Dropped From Bird’s Beak Shuts Down the Large Hadron Collider (Really)

Renactment - not actual footage of Baguette

Popular Science reports that a French bird - let's call him Jean Luc Mallard - has taken out the Large Hadron Collider with a piece of bread:
The bird dropped some bread on a section of outdoor machinery, eventually leading to significant over heating in parts of the accelerator. The LHC was not operational at the time of the incident, but the spike produced so much heat that had the beam been on, automatic failsafes would have shut down the machine.

The article concludes with the sentence:
With freak accident after freak accident piling up over at CERN, the idea of time traveling particles returning from the future to prevent their own discovery is beginning to seem less and less far fetched.
I'm thinking that a simpler explanation is that God is toying with physicists...and you! 'Particles from the future?' HA! HA! Good one, scientists! Where is Occam's Razor when you need it?

But in the comments to the PopSci post was this:
The bird's briefing:

The approach will not be easy. You are required to maneuver straight down this trench and skim the surface to this point. The target area is only two meters wide. It's a small thermal exhaust port, right below the main port. The shaft leads directly to the reactor system. A precise hit will start a chain reaction which should destroy the station.
Geek scripture...

UPDATE: Packers GM Ted Thompson denies that ignominious decisions from the future are coming back in time to the 2009 Packers offensive line to make egregious errors in order to justify said future ignominious decisions...but that's about the only explanation for Sunday's performance...that, or the power of the dreamsicle...



posted by Mike at 10:21 PM


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