Maybe the LHC is a bad idea after all…

The Large Hadron Collider at CERN has been attracting a lot of nutcases worried about it destroying the world by creating mini-black holes or some other Thing Man Was Not Meant To Know when it goes online. There’s been legal challenges trying to stop it and several people at CERN have even received death threats over it.

It’s all nonsense of course… or is it? Say, is that Half-Life‘s Gordon Freeman in the picture below?

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Guess it may be time to buy a shotgun and stock up on anti-alien anal probe ass shields.

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10 thoughts on “Maybe the LHC is a bad idea after all…

  1. OH SHIT! Well, better begin all the mating before the combine puts a suppression field over us and get your heavy duty biker helmets ready for when the headcrabs are loose.

  2. Shouldn’t we be glad that Gordon Freeman is there protecting us from black-hole headcrabs?  But where’s his crowbar?

  3. Nah, That’s David Baddiel.

    I’ve told people at work about the Earth ending tomorrow- When I explain they all look at me oddly, I’m wondering if when I explain science I do it in Spanish.

    One guy who has been following it (the BBC are doing a radio special, and there are pages on the web site) said apparently they could get the particals up to light speed, IF the torus was the size of the galaxy.

  4. But the CERN facility is already facing a second lawsuit filed by environmentalists in Hawaii who are seeking a court order that would force the US government to intervene and delay the start up of the collider. That case is due to be heard on Tuesday.

    How. Invade Europe too?

  5. In case you haven’t noticed, LH, the invasion of Europe is well underway, spearheaded by McDonald’s, MTV, and Disneyland.  Sorry to break the bad news, but you’ve already capitulated, whether you know it or not.

  6. Actually, I can’t really shake my unease about this one*. I know the psychological mechanisms that cause my anxiety: The larger the potential damage, the less does the actual likelihood plays into our perception of the danger. We are also much more likely to be unafraid of matters where we feel like we have control over things than not.

    That’s why people are unafraid of driving to work in the morning, but afraid of dying from a nuclear plant melting down.

    Still, I’ll be happy if they fiddle with it for a few months, and I can finally convince myself 100% that nothing has happened/will happen. Though the Wikipedia article did help too…

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