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We're all doomed. DOOMED!

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Munjibunga, Sep 8, 2008.


  1. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    As I'm sure you're all aware, the folks at CERN are fixin' to fire up the ol' Large Hadron Collider (LHC) on Wednesday. They will be colliding particles at velocities to within a millionth of a percent of the speed of light in the interest of finding evidence for the elusive Higgs boson, the so-called "God particle." I will point out the irony of this nickname in a few seconds.

    Anyway, this is particularly bad news for denizens of the earth, which include all of us, with the possible exception of Mike Money. This is because, at the energies anticipated to be used in causing collisions of large hadrons, little items such as micro black holes or even strangelets could be created. Now the wizards at CERN assure us that, even if such things were to occur, their existence would be fleeting, and they would evaporate instantly. Riiiiight. Remember cold fusion?

    Now no one really knows what a micro black hole will do. Will it evaporate, or immediately begin to accumulate mass into the singularity, with no means to stop it? Who could possibly know? Further, what about these strangelets, agglomerations of strange quarks? Word has it that their existence could cause a spontaneous fusion reaction of all surrounding matter, leading to a chain reaction that could transform the earth into a mini sun. We're doomed either way.

    So this has a couple serious implications. For one, not much is going to be happening on earth after Wednesday. There's really no point in putting your affairs together, because there won't be anyone left to benefit from that. There won't even be a planet. So essentially, you're on free time for the rest of today and tomorrow. As they say in All Your Base, "You have no chance to survive, make your time."

    Even more striking and ironic is the cosmological implication of this. Did you ever wonder why we have been unsuccessful at making contact with advanced extraterrestrial civilizations? Well, it's because they don't exist. Not that they never did, but they don't now. I realized just today why that is.

    It turns out that, as civilizations become increasingly advanced, they evolve technologically much as we have. At some point, they invariably reach the point where their philosophical interests and technological capabilities lead them to high-energy physics, and the desire to see if the Higgs boson, thought to impart mass to matter, actually exists. Inevitably, they create an accelerator powerful enough to explore that hypothesis. Unfortunately, this also leads to the creation of micro black holes which ultimately grow to consume the planet and suck its inhabitants clean out of existence.

    So here we are, at the endpoint of our existence, exactly as every other advanced civilization in the history of the universe has been, seeking the "God particle." But God, in the interest of privacy has created a natural law that intelligent beings can only go so far, and the Higgs boson is just too close to home. Hence, the appropriateness of the nickname.

    You scoff? Where do you think all of those black holes in the universe came from? Each is the gravestone of its own past civilization. We're next. This Wednesday. Be there.
     
  2. Mike Money

    Mike Money In Memoriam

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
    Avatar Speakers Endorsing Hooligan
    I fail to see how I will be spared.


    Unless of course there is just no blackhole that can hold all of my ego?
     
  3. I'll drink to that.

    ...I guess...
     
  4. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    Fixed. :D
     
  5. Mike Money

    Mike Money In Memoriam

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
    Avatar Speakers Endorsing Hooligan



    That reminds me.



    I need TP.
     
  6. Umm, they are only testing it on Wednesday, firing the particles in one direction. Then they have to test it firing the particles in the other direction. They don't plan on smacking them together until January. So we are all doomed come January.

    lowsound
     
  7. JonathanD

    JonathanD

    Dec 13, 2006
    Atlanta, GA
    Live every minute like its your last. You will never be disappointed.
     
  8. MakiSupaStar

    MakiSupaStar The Lowdown Diggler

    Apr 12, 2006
    Huntington Beach, CA
    pfft.
     
  9. funkometer

    funkometer Supporting Member

    Jan 16, 2006
    Birmingham AL
    I thought the god particle was shortened for goddam, according to the guy who wrote the book 'god particle'
     
  10. fenderhutz

    fenderhutz Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2007
    Harpers Ferry WV
    [​IMG]
     
  11. jazzy grille

    jazzy grille - Arrogant Bastard

    Aug 15, 2006
    Sarasota, Florida
    This is gonna be sooo awesome!!
     
  12. MakiSupaStar

    MakiSupaStar The Lowdown Diggler

    Apr 12, 2006
    Huntington Beach, CA
    I thought black holes were born from collapsing stars. So in theory we should expecting one when Amy Winehouse and Brittany Spears finally fade out.
     
  13. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    I kind of thought you were not of this earth.
     
  14. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Yeah, I know, but it's so much less dramatic to say we have a couple months.
     
  15. You know what it spells when you switch the "D" and "R" in Hadron? It spells...never mind...
     
  16. rokkitt

    rokkitt

    Jun 7, 2007
    bronx, nyc
    hmmmm I have some important things to do on thurs......

    so forget it, right?


    al
     
  17. Nick man

    Nick man

    Apr 7, 2002
    Tampa Bay
    This makes up for all the post on TB I dont read.
     
  18. steve21

    steve21 Banned

    I've been reading that all over the interbutts today and thinking "***, mate"

    I feel like australia.
     
  19. Joe Gress

    Joe Gress

    Dec 22, 2005
    Pueblo, CO
    Oh well. 19, and never got to vote.
     
  20. Lazylion

    Lazylion Goin ahead on wit my bad self!

    Jan 25, 2006
    Frederick MD USA
    So we're all gonna be sucked to death? I'll be darned! Just how I always wanted to go! :D
     

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