Will we all die on Wednesday?


by Sunny
8th September, 2008 at 5:24 am    


Ok, so its a bit of a tablody headline… *cough*… but you never know?
On Wednesday:

The most powerful physics experiment ever built, the Large Hadron Collider will re-create the conditions just after the Big Bang in an attempt to answer fundamental questions of science and the universe itself.

Tabloidy headlines aside, the scientists say that nothing big can theoretically be destroyed. But who belives in scientists eh? Certainly not Sarah Palin and she may be the American Vice President soon.
Look out for a flurry of similar headlines in tomorrow’s papers. Let’s hope they know what they’re doing. A good BBC piece on the whole experiment is here.


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  1. Adnan Ahmad — on 8th September, 2008 at 6:36 am  

    Personally, I’m preparing for the invasion from Xen, so you’ll find me in my bunker, sprucing up my Gravity Gun, and googling anyone named “G. Freeman”.

    …Okay, so that’s a bit silly of me.

    To be serious, though: I do understand that there’s this minor worry about the world going adios, and there are valid concerns by others – such as Sir David King (who always pops up in my mind as Alan Sugar. No, I don’t know why, either) – that the money spent could go towards alternative fuels, combating diseases and excessive climate change, etc.

    With a project of magnitude, there is going to be some concern that things could go wrong. The apocalyptic fervour that seems to grip people in regards to the LHC, however, is a bit over the top. The possible outcomes have been discussed, safety measures have been undertaken, and according to those involved, black holes and the like have occured several times in nature, without harm to us.

    Could the money have been spent elsewhere? Perhaps, but then again the British government is – to paraphrase a commenter on CiF – spending several times that amount to prove in 2012 that some men can run round and round in a circular manner, faster than others.

    To be honest, I find it just as noble as saving the planet. Consider it: time, effort and money have gone into an international endeavour that aims to satisfy human curiosity. It’s not going into development of new machine guns, fighter jets, or increasing levels of mindless consumerism, but towards the goal of increasing our knowledge of everything around us, and how it -we- all came to be. I find that rather exciting.

    Even without trans-dimensional ET types. Still getting my GG ready, though…

  2. Desi Italiana — on 8th September, 2008 at 6:43 am  

    “Will we all die on Wednesday?”

    I wouldn’t mind, because according to the agreement that I signed when I took out my grad school loans, once I die, the loans will be erased from my name. It’s just unfortunate that I won’t be alive to enjoy a debt-free life, but thems the breaks.

  3. Boyo — on 8th September, 2008 at 6:52 am  

    Actually it will take four years for the black hole to consume the earth, so it will be a bit like David Bowie’s Five Years.

    “A cop knelt and kissed the feet of a priest, and a queer threw up at the sight of that”

    So there will be something to look forward to then.

  4. Muhamad — on 8th September, 2008 at 10:57 am  

    Finally, we’ll have a little glimpse of the mind of allah.

  5. Dr. SKye-Vee — on 8th September, 2008 at 11:01 am  

    Well the Mayan calender ends in 2012 and starts again from 0. People signify that has the end of the world. So maybe they will finally recreate the big bang at the LHC then, create a black hole and destroy us all.

    Experiments rarely work first time and it may take some time to get to work. Especially with academics on the case. Trust me I know I’m a scientist.

    That or London will make a success of the Olympics causing shock all over the world and everyone to spontaneously combust.

  6. Leon — on 8th September, 2008 at 11:49 am  

    It’s an amazing story. Remarkable that our species have already reached the point of technological advance that we can actually recreate the moment just after the Universe it self came into being. Crazy!

    As for the theological implications well if this succeeds I’d thought it’d be clear; if we can do what was once assumed only a God could what does that say for God? ;)

  7. Sid — on 8th September, 2008 at 11:54 am  

    he did it 7000 million years before us?

  8. douglas clark — on 8th September, 2008 at 12:42 pm  

    Sid,

    The Universe is supposed to be about 13.7 billion years old. Are you turning into a Young Earth Creationist? ;-)

  9. Sid — on 8th September, 2008 at 12:53 pm  

    douglas, it was meant to be a BIG number. My point is that some force did it long long ago and it doesn’t care if you dangle motifs of it off your rear-view mirror.

  10. douglas clark — on 8th September, 2008 at 12:57 pm  

    Sid,

    Just joking mate.

  11. Sid — on 8th September, 2008 at 12:59 pm  

    douglas, what’s 6.7 billion years between friends?

  12. Tasha — on 8th September, 2008 at 1:10 pm  

    Will we die on wednesday or not it’s not hard to figure out!!! and i dont really want to die :P

  13. Klee — on 8th September, 2008 at 1:11 pm  

    Yeahhh matyeeeee

    WE ALL GOING TOOO DIE YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

  14. Tasha — on 8th September, 2008 at 1:13 pm  

    what is the point of doing it at alll?? i dont get it huh :(

  15. david c — on 8th September, 2008 at 1:21 pm  

    everybody the end is upon us my god’s light show us that he will stop the scientets dont turn on that machine amen to that

  16. sonia — on 8th September, 2008 at 2:02 pm  

    heh i agree with boyo

    besides we wont know whats happened if we find ourselves in a parallel universe..!

    so maybe, who knows, we were all around when someone pressed the reset button 13.7 billion years ago or whenever it was meant to be,

  17. Roger — on 8th September, 2008 at 2:04 pm  

    If they start it at noon and the world ends, tomorrow will be a day of morning.

  18. Tasha — on 8th September, 2008 at 2:12 pm  

    Im confused,
    If we go in a black hole
    will we come out a white one lmao

  19. Ala — on 8th September, 2008 at 2:19 pm  

    We’re not going to die, we’re going to be molecularised.

    Sonia has a point; how do we know someone didn’t already switch the machine on and we’re not all in a parallel universe where we might see someone like David Cameron ruling over us soon.

  20. Leon — on 8th September, 2008 at 2:31 pm  

    he did it 7000 million years before us?

    Heh. If we can create the universe doesn’t that make us Gods? And make God kinda redundant? :D

  21. Ravi Naik — on 8th September, 2008 at 2:33 pm  

    A friend of mine is in Switzerland working in this project for the last two years. I really hope the experiments go as planned, and that they can validate several new theories that have come in the last two decades.

  22. Sid — on 8th September, 2008 at 2:38 pm  

    Heh. If we can create the universe doesn’t that make us Gods? And make God kinda redundant?

    God has always been redundant. It’s Man who gives it a personality and a work ethic.

  23. sonia — on 8th September, 2008 at 2:39 pm  

    i like that Ala, molecularised..
    is sarah palin going to be VP sunny?

  24. Tasha — on 8th September, 2008 at 2:40 pm  

    what does molecularised mine

  25. Adam — on 8th September, 2008 at 2:51 pm  

    I’m still waiting for the millennium bug to kick in.

    By the way, has anyone written a black hole survival guide yet? There’s money to be made here people.

  26. gunnadie — on 8th September, 2008 at 2:53 pm  

    we are going to die and your asll laughing about it , its not funny i wont be able to say by to my mummy.

  27. gunnadie — on 8th September, 2008 at 2:54 pm  

    we are all going to die , and your all cracking jokes?
    its not that funny…. :S
    why did the scientists make this stupid thing if its going to kill us all , they are meant to be clever not murderers….

  28. GOING TO DIE. — on 8th September, 2008 at 2:57 pm  

    we are going to die you stupid morons.
    you need to start taking things seriously.
    its not something you joke about.
    your never going to be able to see you family or friends EVER again.

  29. sonia — on 8th September, 2008 at 2:58 pm  

    oh phooey if youre going to die youre going to die so have a big party on tuesday then

  30. Haan. — on 8th September, 2008 at 3:00 pm  

    Paaaarty tuesday :D
    I LOVE ALL OF YOU.

  31. GOING TO DIE. — on 8th September, 2008 at 3:01 pm  

    WE WILL THROW YOU IN THE BLACK HOLE FIRST SONIA.

  32. sonia — on 8th September, 2008 at 3:01 pm  

    sod it who cares about family and friends they were only an illusion anyway in the Matrix ;-)
    WHY do you think “we’ are real and not just bits on a screen.

  33. GOING TO DIE. — on 8th September, 2008 at 3:03 pm  

    YOUR A FULL ON MONG.
    alright i think your one of them sad people who just sits in and thinks about loads of shit.
    your gunna die.
    and you will first i will make sure.

  34. HAAAAAAAAAAAAAN — on 8th September, 2008 at 3:04 pm  

    I care about my friends & family ..
    at least i have friends :L

  35. Ala — on 8th September, 2008 at 3:10 pm  

    Gunnadie, for the last time, we’re not going to die. There’s a difference between, say, you having a heart attack and dying and all of us crying over you, and every molecule in the known universe ceasing to exist. To put it another way, if we create a black hole, you wouldn’t know it’d happened because, well, you wouldn’t exist anymore to know. But if you’re lucky you might continue to exist in a parallel universe, which begs the question whether you didn’t already die and are living in one already, geddit?

  36. Dr. SKye-Vee — on 8th September, 2008 at 3:14 pm  

    Ok the most well known hadrons are protons and neutrons. From what I recall they are mainly going to use proton-proton collisions. Protons have a mass of 1.67262158 × 10-27 kg.

    I am not sure that is enough to create a black hole for long enough to sustain it for enough time to be dangerous, but I am not to hot on advanced particle theory. Still there are plans to use particles of bigger masses.

    Anywho Cern has produced a nice webpage to calm your fears.

    http://public.web.cern.ch/public/en/LHC/Safety-en.html

  37. sonia — on 8th September, 2008 at 3:18 pm  

    that’s fine :-) i think i quite regularly fall into black holes anyway. some of you are clearly frothing at the mouth at this end of days type stuff

    golly

  38. Ala — on 8th September, 2008 at 3:19 pm  

    And by the way, you can’t be thrown into a blackhole, you’re going to be stretched into one. I think once your nose has passed the borders of switzerland and your feet are still in Tooting, you can safely say you’re ‘dead’, whatever that means.

    As for the point of this experiment, I would like to know what it is. I’m not denying that we shouldn’t seek knowledge to the outermost limits of the universe, but what’s the point, seriously?

  39. sonia — on 8th September, 2008 at 3:20 pm  

    im glad i dont believe in god anymore so so glad

  40. Dr. SKye-Vee — on 8th September, 2008 at 3:21 pm  

    Personally I hope to get some of those cosmic rays so I can get superpowers like the Fantastic Four.

  41. Sid — on 8th September, 2008 at 3:39 pm  

    Ala, as you know, anyone who enters Tooting will tell you that death is a relief that cannot come quickly enough.

  42. Leon — on 8th September, 2008 at 3:57 pm  

    LOL! Tooting aint that bad compared to some places in London.

  43. Sid — on 8th September, 2008 at 4:01 pm  

    Only after heavy sedation.

  44. Leon — on 8th September, 2008 at 4:28 pm  

    Man you need to get out of St Georges once in a while…;)

  45. justforfun — on 8th September, 2008 at 4:35 pm  

    Ala – As for the point of this experiment, I would like to know what it is…… but what’s the point, seriously?

    To find the Higgs Boson! :-) It exists in the theory but its never been seen as it dissappeared very quick after the Big Bang. So the idea is to re-create the Big Bang in terms of energy levels for a couple of protons by smashing them together at the speed of light (minus – a few miles an hour), and then seeing if the tell tails signs of a Higgs Boson can be seen.

    If it is seen, then the particlewallahs will know they are on the right track. If it is not detected, then it is back to square one.

    Any way – blame this man for send us down this path.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satyendra_Nath_Bose

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Higgs_boson

    justforfun

  46. Boyo — on 8th September, 2008 at 4:52 pm  

    I can assure you all there is nothing to worry about. The accelerator is based in Switzerland where we know they had brotherly love, they had five hundred years of democracy and peace – and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.

    Relax: they are far too cautious to end the world.

  47. Chrii — on 8th September, 2008 at 5:09 pm  

    Im really scared about this lol can you just tell me if were gana die ?

  48. El Cid — on 8th September, 2008 at 5:24 pm  

    Thanks for the reminder.
    Obviously, I’ll be expecting to get my portion on Tuesday night.

  49. Natty Nut — on 8th September, 2008 at 7:32 pm  

    why would this stupid scientist risk the planet anyway , i do not want to say my age but im quite young i barley have a life , i have an 8 month old brother and to know we will all die in about four years kills me inside , so many things i havn’nt done , so many things my family hasn’t done , so many things i would like to do but it won’t be possible to do in four years if the maschine was not turned on we could about save the world , because i dont want to die , i don’t want my family and friends to die , Do you want to die?

  50. Chrii — on 8th September, 2008 at 7:42 pm  

    are we going 2 die in 2012?

  51. Chrii — on 8th September, 2008 at 7:43 pm  

    im really scared now lol,, but are we dying wednesday please answer me

  52. Natty Nut — on 8th September, 2008 at 8:06 pm  

    well i dont know i hope not , because i basicly have no life

  53. Don — on 8th September, 2008 at 8:09 pm  

    Dudes,

    No. We are not going to die on Wednesday (except for those of us who do so for reasons unrelated to CERN).
    And no, flipping a switch in Switzerland will not result in the planet being consumed (?) by a black hole.

    Trust me.

  54. Ellie — on 8th September, 2008 at 8:09 pm  

    It isn’t very helpful people being all “WE’RE GONNA DIEE!!!”..
    I know it’s possible..but kinda..panicy.. o.O
    Nobody want’s to die..
    If I’m honest.. I don’t even know what it’s all about still.. even after reading this.. >.<
    It’s pretty selfish to take the risk of killing everyone just for an experiment..

  55. Natty Nut — on 8th September, 2008 at 8:13 pm  

    I agree , but surely there is some way to stop it , i mean , the world cant POSSIBLY agree to this!?

  56. Natty Nut — on 8th September, 2008 at 8:20 pm  

    lets just hope and pray for the best , if the world is dumb enough to let this guy risk the whole earths lives then he will be the one regretting it for the rest of his life after , we should just make the most of it i supose , and pray to dear life we dont die

  57. Thomas — on 8th September, 2008 at 8:39 pm  

    We arent going to die on Wednesday, however, the Hydron Collider switching on has a choice, if it hits the black hole we are fine, we are safe, if it doesnt, in 100 years the black hole will reach the Earth, the Black Hole cant travel that fast to earth, its a million miles away… I dont know why you lot are so scared,i can prove it, read this.

    The end of the world is not nigh
    The earth

    The verdict of an exhaustive safety assessment is that world is not going to end when scientists switch on the Large Hadron Collider. Professor Sir Chris Llewellyn Smith says there have long been high energy particles flooding in from the cosmos – and if they were dangerous they would have killed us a long time ago.

    And read this.

    The countdown to the startup of the world’s most powerful particle collider has begun with today’s announcement that the first beam of protons will be sent all the way through the 17-mile-round Large Hadron Collider on Sept. 10.

    A key phase of the final preparations for the $10 billion project begins this weekend, when Europe’s CERN particle-physics center begins testing the last links in the high-powered chain of magnets that will eventually send beams shooting through the collider’s ring with the energy of a bullet train. During this weekend’s tests, low-intensity protons will be injected into a small section of the collider and zip around one-eighth of the ring.

    The tests will grow in strength and complexity all the way up to “Red Button Day.”

    If the schedule holds, the collider on the French-Swiss border will make a splash at 9 a.m. local time (3 a.m. ET) Sept. 10, a week after a federal judge in Hawaii begins hearing a motion to dismiss a civil lawsuit claiming that the device could destroy the world. Over the past few months, scientists at CERN (and the federal government) have laid out their case that a globe-gobbling catastrophe could never happen. Nevertheless, the court proceedings could provide a sideshow for the main event. Or they could be finished up by that time.

    Here’s the relevant section from CERN’s news release about the startup:

    “CERN has today announced that the first attempt to circulate a beam in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will be made on 10 September. This news comes as the cooldown phase of commissioning CERN’s new particle accelerator reaches a successful conclusion. Television coverage of the start-up will be made available through Eurovision.

    “The LHC is the world’s most powerful particle accelerator, producing beams seven times more energetic than any previous machine, and around 30 times more intense when it reaches design performance, probably by 2010. Housed in a 27-kilometer tunnel, it relies on technologies that would not have been possible 30 years ago. The LHC is, in a sense, its own prototype.

    “Starting up such a machine is not as simple as flipping a switch.

    “Commissioning is a long process that starts with the cooling down of each of the machine’s eight sectors. This is followed by the electrical testing of the 1,600 superconducting magnets and their individual powering to nominal operating current. These steps are followed by the powering together of all the circuits of each sector, and then of the eight independent sectors in unison in order to operate as a single machine.

    “By the end of July, this work was approaching completion, with all eight sectors at their operating temperature of 1.9 degrees above absolute zero (-271 degrees C). The next phase in the process is synchronization of the LHC with the Super Proton Synchrotron (SPS) accelerator, which forms the last link in the LHC’s injector chain. Timing between the two machines has to be accurate to within a fraction of a nanosecond. A first synchronization test is scheduled for the weekend of 9 August, for the clockwise-circulating LHC beam, with the second to follow over the coming weeks. Tests will continue into September to ensure that the entire machine is ready to accelerate and collide beams at an energy of 5 TeV [trillion electron volts] per beam, the target energy for 2008. Force majeure notwithstanding, the LHC will see its first circulating beam on 10 September at the injection energy of 450 GeV (0.45 TeV).

    “Once stable circulating beams have been established, they will be brought into collision, and the final step will be to commission the LHC’s acceleration system to boost the energy to 5 TeV, taking particle physics research to a new frontier.

    “‘We’re finishing a marathon with a sprint,’ said LHC project leader Lyn Evans. ‘It’s been a long haul, and we’re all eager to get the LHC research program under way.’ …”

    CERN then lays out the accreditation procedures for journalists wanting to cover the startup, and notes that the event will be Webcast as well.

    Red Button Day will be the big media day for the collider: The BBC, for example, plans to broadcast all day from CERN. However, it will take weeks more to get the proton beams in working order and bring collisions up to the 5 TeV level. That’s why CERN has scheduled the big party for dignitaries (like French President Nicolas Sarkozy, for example) well after Red Button Day, on Oct. 21.

    The collider isn’t expected to reach its full power of 14 TeV until 2009 or 2010. As I noted earlier this week, that could leave a window for Fermilab’s Tevatron in Illinois to steal some of the LHC’s thunder – perhaps by making the first detection of the Higgs boson, the last fundamental particle predicted by current theory that has not yet been found. The Higgs boson (a.k.a. “the God Particle”) is thought to play a key role in determining the properties of particle mass.

    Even if the Tevatron finds the Higgs, it will be up to the LHC to study the particle in depth – and plumb other mysteries of the universe, ranging from the nature of dark matter and black holes to the possibility of extra dimensions in space.

    This proves that it will take till 2010 for CERN to confirm the experiment to us, and that the experiment will not go wrong, so as I say, it is a little scary, but just dont worry, and think as if nothing will happen, because really, nothing will happen to us, and why would it happen to us on a certain day? It wont, plus Radio 4 wouldnt be switching on to CERN if that was to happen would they, and ITV1 wouldnt would they, just stay calm.

    Message by a Radio 4 reporter.

  58. Jay — on 8th September, 2008 at 8:44 pm  

    i want one straight answer,are we going to die on wednesday or is it going to take 4 more years.
    i want the truth because im fucking shitting myself.
    cheers

  59. Thomas — on 8th September, 2008 at 8:47 pm  

    I can confirm, it wont even take 4 years, it will take basically 100 years for a black hole to reach us, it is a million miles away, we wouldnt be going live to BBC1 if we were going to die would we.

  60. Don — on 8th September, 2008 at 9:00 pm  

    Quite. Everything is fine.

    Mind you, this is still quite funny.

    http://www.cracked.com/article_16583_5-scientific-experiments-most-likely-end-world.html

  61. justforfun — on 9th September, 2008 at 9:29 am  

    Don – this guy is at the top of the leader board for the most dangerous stuff created by a single man in a reasonably priced lab.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Midgley

    Lead in Petrol, then CFCs – a fine effort Alfred Noble would be proud of :-)

    justforfun

  62. Jenna Gabriel — on 9th September, 2008 at 9:53 am  

    I am very scared tommor i dont wanna diee i am 14 years old i have blue eyes and i luv life i realli dont want my family to die i will miss the world my heart is beating faster and faster every min imn reallii scarec :( :(:(:(:(:(:(:(:( im at skool doin this every1 in school tralkin bout it we all scared byebye remember me plz jenna marie gabriel my fa,ily sue gabriel dave ryan julieanne bobby morgan haydn jenna stacey dabvid kurt we are all scared i dont want no1 to die plzzz dont do it plz :’(

  63. OH MY GOD! — on 9th September, 2008 at 11:46 am  

    a few messages from my friends….
    OMG!
    I DONT WANAA DIEE.
    this is pooey.
    corr…selfish bitches

  64. :) — on 9th September, 2008 at 11:49 am  

    we’re not going to die tomorrow,
    we will di in 4 years :D

  65. :) — on 9th September, 2008 at 11:49 am  

    we’re not going to die tomorrow,
    we will die in 4 years :D

  66. letsdie — on 9th September, 2008 at 11:51 am  

    goodybye my lover, goodbye my friend
    you have been the one you have been the one for me.
    CYA EVERYONE, were gonna die.

  67. james — on 9th September, 2008 at 12:00 pm  

    shall be fun.
    ill seee u in the black hole.

  68. kizzy — on 9th September, 2008 at 12:30 pm  

    ha ha ha ha ur all gonna die and im gona live because im blak and my friend ball will live cus we big bad manz REAL reaL ITS ALL GURD CUS NOW U CAN GET SUCKED INTO A BLAK HOLE!!!!!!!!!!!

  69. Kirsten — on 9th September, 2008 at 3:24 pm  

    So, if were gonna die tomarrow, why through a party today, just have a party in the black hole XD
    and its unliikely that were gonna die.

  70. Thomas — on 9th September, 2008 at 3:29 pm  

    GUYS Its switzerland that will die, thats where all these die rumours r coming from

  71. ha lol — on 9th September, 2008 at 5:05 pm  

    what it is my friends said that
    there is a 1 in 5 million chance that they could make a black hole
    and it would take 4 years for all of us to get sucked in with the hole universe
    so anyone know anything else? :)

  72. BenSix — on 9th September, 2008 at 5:08 pm  

    I, for one, welcome the impending Large Hadron Collision. Death is, indeed, an unwelcome consequence but a black hole may provide a unique chance for speedy weight-loss.

    Ben

  73. ellie — on 9th September, 2008 at 5:11 pm  

    why will we die tommorow?

  74. Sunny — on 9th September, 2008 at 5:57 pm  

    damn, I didn’t realise this post would generate so much attention…

  75. douglas clark — on 9th September, 2008 at 6:01 pm  

    This is clearly the downside of allowing Internet access to schoolkids.

    Or alternatively a Dawkins memetic infection of cyberspace.

    Trust Don @ 53, but for G!ds sake don’t read him @ 60.

    I blame it all on the turkey twizzles doing their brains in.

  76. Olivia — on 9th September, 2008 at 6:08 pm  

    theres a 50% chance the world will end but it angers me that their still going along with the experiment. No one really cares what happend when the earth was created apart from the selfish scientists who would rather the entire human race die becasue they want to recreate somthing that does not really need to be created ever again. I really do think its pathetic! Forgive me if im wrong but i have been told several different things and i just think its mad and an unfair thing to do

  77. Trudi Jones — on 9th September, 2008 at 6:11 pm  

    hey guys . i can see your all panicking , and i was too when i heard abouut it last week . i was worrying and stuff like that.
    at the end of they day i dont agree with what there doing. but this is humans were too curious for our own good

    back to the point. ive done ALOT of research on this. stop worrying we are not going to die yet . if anything well die on the 21st october when they actually press the big red button and cause the LHC will be at its higher power, that is when u shuld be worrying…

  78. douglas clark — on 9th September, 2008 at 6:22 pm  

    Olivia,

    Forgive me if im wrong..

    Of course you are wrong.

    Trudi,

    back to the point. ive done ALOT of research on this. stop worrying we are not going to die yet . if anything well die on the 21st october when they actually press the big red button and cause the LHC will be at its higher power, that is when u shuld be worrying…

    No, you should stop worrying altogether.

    Nothing frightening like, I don’t know, you actually doing real research, is going to happen. Talk to you here on Oct 22nd.

  79. Don — on 9th September, 2008 at 6:23 pm  

    Bloody hell, Olivia. Who has been telling you this? Fifty percent chance? No, the chances are exactly the same as the chances that sailing over the horizon will result in you falling off the edge of the bloody world.

    Nothing is going to happen that does not happen all the time, all over the universe. The point is that with the LHC we can now make observations and measurements which may well open up a whole new kind of science.

    If anyone tells you differently, ask them in which branch of physics they earned their doctorate.

    And if I hear one more person mutter about scientists playing god, I will personally explode with a force to rival the big bang.

  80. Don — on 9th September, 2008 at 6:28 pm  

    Trudi,

    Where did you do your research? How many in your team? Which disciplines were represented?

    Can we stop scaremongering please. Some people seem to be genuinely worried (I’ve had this all day at school). Bloody irresponsible science journalism is at the root, as is so often the case.

  81. Jadey :P — on 9th September, 2008 at 6:55 pm  

    Heyy. I Think That This Is Not Really a Good And We All Souldn’t Be Making Jokes About It :(
    I Looked It Up On The Internet And It Said
    ‘ The Machine Is Ment to Look For The Atoms ‘ Or Something Like That.(This Bit Might Not Happen Its Really Not Likely)And Then Form 2 Black Hole’s Which Will Eat The Earth In About 4 year Time.
    But this Is Not What Is Plan And It Also Says That There Is A Highly Unlikey Change Of Us All Being Killed. I Was Talking To My Friends And They All Belive We Are Going To Die But Some Of Then Also Think That We May Not. Lets All Look On The Bright Side Of Life There A Chance Of Us NOT Dieing.
    Please, Please Don’t Be So Worryed About It Cause There Is More Of A Chance Of Us All Living Than Dieing Also ‘What Can We Do About It ‘ Plus They Are Scientists So We Should Really Belivie In Them And That They Are Doing The Right Thing.
    So All Please Please Please Don’t Get Worryed About As I Said There More Chance Of Us All Living Than Dieing And If We Are Going To die There Is Nothing We Can Do So Stop Worrying About It. Ox
    Love Ya All
    Jadey x

  82. douglas clark — on 9th September, 2008 at 6:58 pm  

    Don,

    And if I hear one more person mutter about scientists playing god, I will personally explode with a force to rival the big bang.

    Bigger than the Big Bang, I’d have thought.

    Though you only have to name one particle, the ‘God Particle’ to get the the Sarah Palins (oops, political) out in force.

    Lessons for physicists, volume one.

    (i) No particle should be named after any mythical entity, lest it stirs up their base. Christians assume that they ‘have rights’ to the word ‘God’ as a representation of their own G!d and thus denying it’s generic character. This is the first law of theology. We rule.

    (ii) If the Earth is, as we know it to be true, 6,000 years or so old, and created by G!d, it is probably still the centre of the Universe. It is up to G!d to decide, is it not? If He has created the Large Hadron Collider and all it’s expirements, who are we, mere mortals, to object? This is the second law of theology. We rule.

    (iii) Last, I promise. If a young earth creationist said to you that the LHC was the most evil thing in the world, would you not point to G!d as goodness? Would you not, this is optional, point to the young earth creationist as a total throwback?

    This is the third and last law of theology. We are throwbacks we are, we are..but we fucking well rule.

  83. Jadey :P — on 9th September, 2008 at 7:03 pm  

    :) There A 1 In Like 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 Chance Of The World Ending.
    The Papers Say In Some We Could And Then The More Papers Aimed At More Sensable People Say We Will Not
    Then Tomorrow Them Papers That Said We Will Die WIl Say ‘Oh Least It Didn’t Happen’
    Look On The Bight Side Of Life :)
    Love Yuu All x

    Jadey x

  84. BenSix — on 9th September, 2008 at 7:05 pm  

    If people don’t trust scientists then why do they trust them when they say that there is a risk?

    Anyway, I’m off to shiver in a locked cupboard.

    Ben

  85. alfie — on 9th September, 2008 at 7:09 pm  

    bybyby eveone

  86. Heather xx — on 9th September, 2008 at 7:19 pm  

    Will we die tomorrow ? I dont want to diiiiieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee !!! I dont really get the point of the experiment ?? I hope we dont die tomorrow , but if we do I LUV MY M8z and i luv u ***** . I GUESS THIS IS GOODBYE !

  87. douglas clark — on 9th September, 2008 at 7:20 pm  

    Alfie,

    Bye by baby, baby bye bye. See you the morra!

  88. lauren — on 9th September, 2008 at 7:25 pm  

    how can people be so selfish to want to blow the world up, it’s so annoying i don’t want to die!

  89. rachaelXx — on 9th September, 2008 at 7:25 pm  

    is it true were going to die 2morrow a lot of people are saying it,they say a big black hole is going to come from the sky and suck every living thing into the hole im woundering if its true in yahoo its said very slim chace but other people are saying it is likly to happen

  90. Tasha — on 9th September, 2008 at 7:35 pm  

    ohh this is kinda scary ppl sayin it unlikely some sayin it is i dont no will we die :( ?

  91. edgar the dolphin — on 9th September, 2008 at 7:48 pm  

    so the bottom line is we WONT die tomorrow. dull but true. there is a close analysis at http://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/0806/0806.3414.pdf

    relax.

  92. DJ aged 12 — on 9th September, 2008 at 8:38 pm  

    It’s pretty obvious don’t you think? Personally I think it’s rather…obtuse to believe we are all instantaneously going to be consumed by a black hole. Honestly;think about it – the end of human civilization completly. It’s SOOOOOOO very unlikely that it will happen my advice is simply not to worry anyhow it will take 4 years for the whole entire earth to be taken and even then I doubt it will actually occur. So please forge it!

  93. DJ aged 12 — on 9th September, 2008 at 8:39 pm  

    It’s pretty obvious don’t you think? Personally I think it’s rather…obtuse to believe we are all instantaneously going to be consumed by a black hole. Honestly; think about it – the end of human civilization completly. It’s SOOOOOOO very unlikely that it will happen my advice is simply not to worry anyhow it will take 4 years for the whole entire earth to be taken and even then I doubt it will actually occur. So please forget it!

  94. bobob — on 9th September, 2008 at 9:06 pm  

    god will not let us die even if he puts in a parralel universe and jack black is is president of the world

  95. Emilyyyyy — on 9th September, 2008 at 9:11 pm  

    whatever will bee willl be
    i say PARTY ON
    go have sex with that guy u said ud only do if the world was gna end!

    ahahaha

  96. Jason — on 9th September, 2008 at 9:55 pm  

    Who would want to die there is no point im 14 right and i want a life these scientists are old and dont want there life so there switching a switch on that could kill us all why do it if it is putting all of us into danger there stupid get a grippppp!!!!!!!!!!!

  97. Bowser — on 9th September, 2008 at 10:04 pm  

    What is the point of this experiment anyway and what are they trying to achieve? Surely it can’t be anything more important then the creation of life itself?

  98. matthew page — on 9th September, 2008 at 10:23 pm  

    look whats the point of a expirement wen the risk is the world could be wiped out!!!!!!!

  99. Kulvinder — on 9th September, 2008 at 10:27 pm  

    What is the point of this experiment anyway and what are they trying to achieve?

    educational rap :)

  100. dawn — on 9th September, 2008 at 10:37 pm  

    i dont think we are going to die…..theses guys C.E.R.N invented the World Wide Web (www,aka the internet)

    so these guys are obviously genious’s and really very smart!!

    but if we do die….it wont be tomorrow it will be in 4 years…..i did my research cause i was freaked out when i heard bout it …..check out this if yous are un-sure =]

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/2650665/Legal-bid-to-stop-CERN-atom-smasher-from-destroying-the-world.html

  101. Confussed.... — on 9th September, 2008 at 11:03 pm  

    Hey i was jst reading some of the comments from people saying we r like god….. bt that kinda isnt true god ‘suposedy’ created the world in 7 days… it has taken us what…. 2 years plus to come up with a device thats is going to destroy the world….. dont want 2 offend anyone btw im just saying lol xxx

  102. 50cent — on 9th September, 2008 at 11:19 pm  

    just be happy and have a shagg before it all starts then die can die in pleasure oj oj pees peeps

  103. Laura — on 10th September, 2008 at 12:04 am  

    I have to admit, I was slightly alarmed when my school’s Physics department announced they were having an End of World lunch party.

  104. Chris Daniels — on 10th September, 2008 at 12:06 am  

    Erm personally i dont want some fuckers in labcoats deciding whether i live or die!… i mean we were fine before this why put the lives of every1 on earth in danger. Yea the chances are slim but even if it was 1:100000000000000000000000000000000000 ,,,, theres still a chance! and therefore its not worth it… It could mean the end of everythong that civilisation had build since it began… because they want answers, its a step to far.. and if were fine i will personally kick eac and every arse involved in the project unlucky enough to meet me and tell me that they chanced killing me! but on the other hand have seen the after math of the big bang first hand.

  105. toni — on 10th September, 2008 at 12:40 am  

    hi my nmae is toni and i just want to no if this big bang experiment will go rong at any point….. are we gonna die if this goes rong ??

  106. BlahWTF — on 10th September, 2008 at 12:50 am  

    Scientists need to stop worrying about how we were created and just be happy that they’re ALIVE instead of killing us all in an attempt to recreate the world

    I don’t give a shit how I was made, I’m just happy I’m here, now let me stay!

  107. Tyrone — on 10th September, 2008 at 1:34 am  

    Guys, are you stupid?
    we;re not going to die,
    there isnt even a chance the world would end.
    I was worried.
    but think about it, would all the royal families, presidents priministers let them do this?
    Be real. of course they wouldn’t.
    This test will reverse things like global warming. and damaging the o-zone they’re doing it for the future of the world.
    we will not due.
    and if it does happen in a 100 years, who gives a fuck? you aren’t gna be here!

  108. Riz — on 10th September, 2008 at 1:47 am  

    My calculations suggest that the Swiss will get wiped out and most Europeans will turn in to mutants. We Brits are just far enough from the ‘blast zone’ for our DNA to become physically altered, which will give many of us special powers – x-ray vision, flying, mind reading, etc. It all starts tomorrow.

    What happens to EUR/USD when one side of the equation disappears down a black hole?

  109. Nyrone — on 10th September, 2008 at 2:11 am  

    @ 26 gunnadie

    “we are going to die and your all laughing about it , its not funny i wont be able to say bye to my mummy”

    LOL! oh man, this end of days stuff is too funny.
    I’m gonna die laughing from all these comments..

  110. -Marsh — on 10th September, 2008 at 3:07 am  

    We won’t die, in fact it won’t affect us one little tiny teensy weensy little bit.
    I think you’re all forgetting the important thing, the reason why they are doing this experiment.
    Their doing this to learn more about our universe and to create cures for diseases and to make energy.
    Sooner or later energy on this planet will run out and we will need something to replace it right? Right, so they are going to produce Dark Matter which will help us in the future and is so much greater than electricity and all that schnizzle.
    The most that could happen tomorrow [EXPERTS SAY] is that miniature black holes will be produced and will not harm anybody. Each one of those microscopic black holes will disappear within a nanosecond and will stay gone forever.
    HOWEVER, Other Scientists say that there is a chance of a great huge black hole forming that will wipe out mankind and planet earth within an instant.
    It’s the most expensive experiment that’s ever been done and if this is successful then there will be a massive breakthrough for so many science mysteries.
    FAQ
    So will we die tomorrow? No, I defiantly think not
    Is there a chance we will die tomorrow? A very small chance yes. BUT REMEMBER A BLACK HOLE TAKES 4 YEARS TO SWALLOW THE PLANET EARTH.
    Will we sense any part of the experiment? Eg: tremors, climate change?
    No, absolutely not.
    Is this experiment a good idea? Of course, if anything this experiment will save your entire lives not destroy them.
    After all
    I’m no scientist
    but I sure do have common sense
    and I do my research
    ha-ha. What can I say
    I’m an Artist
    I do what I do best as a human being
    I use my brain.

  111. -Marsh — on 10th September, 2008 at 4:53 am  

    Oh and just to let you know
    They will start the experiment around 7.30 GMT
    So some of you may be in bed
    But I on the other hand, am wide awake and going to watch live coverage!
    Remember people, YOU WONT DIE!
    I PROMISE YOU!
    I hope you can all rely on science theory’s to answer your science questions because almost 100% of the time it’s correct.

    I hope you have enjoyed my massive essay. “LOL” but in all honesty I think I’ve answered a lot of your questions and yeah I hope you’re not all panic-y about tomorrow.

  112. Believer — on 10th September, 2008 at 7:09 am  

    guess what its wednesday are we dead em no but we will all die one day just not today xxx

  113. Jadey :P — on 10th September, 2008 at 7:45 am  

    Well We Are All Still Here And They Did It Last Night
    SO
    :) Whoop

    Love Ya All

    Jadey x

  114. Jadey :P — on 10th September, 2008 at 7:45 am  

    Well We Are All Still Here And They Did It Last Night
    SO
    :) Whoop

    Love Ya All

    Jadey x

  115. tori and emma — on 10th September, 2008 at 8:28 am  

    we were told that we were going to die at 1pm today and it diddent happen then we were told that it would happen at 5pm and it diddent now we r all waiting for 6:30pm to die does anyone have any info on why they keep changing it

  116. tori and emma — on 10th September, 2008 at 8:31 am  

    bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbboooooooooooooooooooooooo

  117. tori and emma — on 10th September, 2008 at 8:32 am  

    oh and also where r u cause its 5:30pm here and where u r its 8:30am

  118. shabalabadingdong — on 10th September, 2008 at 9:03 am  

    hahahahahhaahahahahhahahahhaha,

    we didnt die u weirdos mwahhahahahahah

    or mayb we will 2NIITE HAHAHHAAHAHAHA,

    ill look down on u wen i am in heaven hehehehhehhe

    morons morons haha, woo WERE GONNA DIE HEHEHE (NOT)

  119. Jessica — on 10th September, 2008 at 9:21 am  

    Are we gonna die? :S

  120. Hermes123 — on 10th September, 2008 at 9:35 am  

    Marsh @110: ‘It takes four years for a black hole to swallow planet earth’

    Spooky or what! Did you know that the Mayan callender, produced a few thousand years ago, ends on September 8, 2012…almost exactly 4 years from now.

  121. bobby — on 10th September, 2008 at 10:33 am  

    i like men we are gonna die

  122. Jai — on 10th September, 2008 at 11:04 am  

    Did you know that the Mayan callender, produced a few thousand years ago, ends on September 8, 2012…almost exactly 4 years from now.

    Exactly the same thing occurred to me. 2012, people. That’s when it all ends ! The Mayans were right !

    *wiggly fingers*

  123. AHHHHHHHHH! — on 10th September, 2008 at 2:02 pm  

    Ahhhh, 9 minutes to go and were stuck in school!
    I;m not sure whats happening someone explain. All i know is that we are all gonna DIE!!!

  124. -Marsh — on 10th September, 2008 at 2:03 pm  

    Your all full of b*******
    SERIOUSLY
    Instead of coming on here
    and talking stupid
    you may want to go and look up your stupidity somewhere else on google.
    Dont come on a website and tell people their going to die. Its wrong and it shows you have a major lack in intelligence.

  125. AHHHHHHHHH! — on 10th September, 2008 at 2:05 pm  

    Are we gonna die or not???!!!!!

  126. AHHHHHHHHH! — on 10th September, 2008 at 2:07 pm  

    Well excuse me you are on here to!

  127. josh — on 10th September, 2008 at 2:44 pm  

    i went in a black hole ill come out one
    if the giant black hole can aoe us,
    were jus gonna have 2 get a tank and
    stack shadow damage, t7

  128. josh — on 10th September, 2008 at 2:44 pm  

    i went in a black hole ill come out one
    if the giant black hole can aoe us,
    were jus gonna have 2 get a tank and
    stack shadow damage, t7 ..

  129. Leon — on 10th September, 2008 at 2:48 pm  

    We’re still alive!! Amazing…:P

  130. Creator — on 10th September, 2008 at 2:59 pm  

    We will all be pulled apart atom by atom over a long period of pain and suffering. No difference to every day life then,

  131. Sophie — on 10th September, 2008 at 3:28 pm  

    yoo guys are so negative. Nobody has EVER been sucked into a black hole so how to we know its not a portal to another world, or something else. Maybe there isnt even a black hole to be created. WHO KNOWS???????

  132. Sophie — on 10th September, 2008 at 3:32 pm  

    Fun, right??????

  133. Sophie — on 10th September, 2008 at 3:33 pm  

    Oh god, ill miss my phone :( i only just got it. Samsung U600 in pink FUNSIES!

  134. Sophie — on 10th September, 2008 at 3:34 pm  

    Hmm Oh well. :D

  135. Darth Morgoth — on 10th September, 2008 at 3:35 pm  

    LOL! oh man, this end of days stuff is too funny.
    I’m gonna die laughing from all these comments..

    Are all the above comments for real?

  136. Sophie — on 10th September, 2008 at 3:36 pm  

    Of course dipstick. i guess ill get over the loss of my fone since im dead

  137. Sophie — on 10th September, 2008 at 3:38 pm  

    this is like IM lol. ok im gunna go now. BTW we wont all die till october 21!!!!!!!!!! thats wen the big bang happens.!!!!!!! Ill miss yall.

    Sophie has signed out :D

  138. Don — on 10th September, 2008 at 3:55 pm  

    Morgoth,

    Some of ‘em, I think.

    I had no idea PP had such a large 14 year old fan base.

  139. Sunny — on 10th September, 2008 at 3:59 pm  

    I have no idea where we’ve been linked from.

    I’m as astounded by our readership as you guys are.

  140. Katy Newton — on 10th September, 2008 at 4:17 pm  

    But isn’t it good to know that the next generation is so… er… well… yes.

  141. Jai — on 10th September, 2008 at 4:21 pm  

    So Sunny is unknowingly corrupting school-age minds everywhere. Who knew ?

    And we thought Don was the only person here doing that sort of thing.

    (joking)

    PS. I’m not actually 14. Despite online appearances to the contrary.

  142. Leon — on 10th September, 2008 at 4:24 pm  

    But isn’t it good to know that the next generation is so… er… well… yes.

    :D

  143. Hermes123 — on 10th September, 2008 at 4:48 pm  

    Still time for the world to end by the end of today…so I just want to say how honoured I am to be blogging on the last edition of PP.

  144. Emily — on 10th September, 2008 at 5:04 pm  

    Are We Going To Die Or Not My Teacher Said Theres Like
    1 In A 150 Billion Chance That We Will Die!! :( Bye!

  145. Jadey :P — on 10th September, 2008 at 5:08 pm  

    well…. We Are Not Dead And If We Were Going To Die Then I Think It May Have Happen And It Was Said It ON THE NEWS That Everything Went Ok So
    We Will Live :P

    YAY

  146. BenSix — on 10th September, 2008 at 5:36 pm  

    Check your search-engine links. You turn up if you type in “are we going to die on wednesday”.

    Emily,

    Life is going to continue abated.

    Ben

  147. Darth Morgoth — on 10th September, 2008 at 5:55 pm  

    So this is the youth of today eh?

    *shakes head sadly*

    tsk tsk.

    Thirty-something and I’m starting to feel like an old fart.

    Oh well, I guess I should ask my personal Filipino manservant to fetch my veal-skin slippers and tropical forest-redwood pipe, and order a nice juicy factory-farmed dolphin steak.

  148. Hermes123 — on 10th September, 2008 at 6:51 pm  

    Morgoth, either do that or learn to write in that strange text-speak. That should make you feel connected! I feel the same as you – completely amazed at the incoherence of an entire generation.

  149. Katy Newton — on 10th September, 2008 at 7:06 pm  

    So. We aren’t all going to die.

    In that case I’d better pay the congestion charge.

  150. BenSix — on 10th September, 2008 at 7:20 pm  

    “That should make you feel connected! I feel the same as you – completely amazed at the incoherence of an entire generation.”

    Oi, don’t tar quite so freely…

    lol…

    Ben

  151. Desi Italiana — on 10th September, 2008 at 9:21 pm  

    I died sometime earlier today.

    I am writing to you from the beyond.

  152. sonia — on 10th September, 2008 at 9:47 pm  

    ha ha desi good one.

    i forgot all about dying today, and now perhaps ive fallen out of the black hole ive been in. joy!

  153. Katy Newton — on 10th September, 2008 at 9:53 pm  

    God. Every time I look at this comments thread I feel older. Can anyone under the age of 21 write in non-txt these days?

  154. El Cid — on 10th September, 2008 at 10:02 pm  

    i would just like to point out that they haven’t done the protons collision bit yet. but i’m sure no one is in any hurry to die :)

  155. Desi Italiana — on 10th September, 2008 at 11:00 pm  

    I look at #151 and think, “My god, that could be a poem, similar to ‘A Suicide Note: The river asked me to kiss it, and so I did.’”

    I would like to be posthumously honored.

  156. Desi Italiana — on 10th September, 2008 at 11:01 pm  

    El Cid:

    “i would just like to point out that they haven’t done the protons collision bit yet. but i’m sure no one is in any hurry to die”

    Too late, I am already there.

  157. Jai — on 11th September, 2008 at 10:51 am  

    So. We aren’t all going to die.

    I was going to make a joke about blowing 200 bucks on strippers for nothing on Tuesday night, but I can’t now since there are kids listening.

    Children, go to bed. Grown-ups are talking. And don’t give me any back-chat about the fact that it’s only 10.50am, it’s probably past your bed-time somewhere in the world, goddamit.

  158. David — on 11th September, 2008 at 2:26 pm  

    Right…Incase we are going to die im going to make a special attempt to go out and get a girlfriend before the 21st of October – because my worst fear is dieing alone.

    Otherwise, I dont really think we will die, even though I am incredibly scared that something will fuck up and kill everybody. Yet I am not 100% sure what will happen I would probably say that nothing will happen.

    But I also see it from this point of view – Why on earth would anybody want to even try this?
    1.Playing god and 2.Playing god by scaring everybody shitless and possibly killing everybody… are two different things which I dont think you should experiment between. It makes me angry to think that a bunch of scientists with a dream can turn everything upside down.

    My final point is… A parralel universe sucks – i’d end up being gay :@ And all the fit lesbians would be straight :@… Sucks.

  159. David — on 11th September, 2008 at 2:32 pm  

    Sorry I forgot to mention:

    And after reading a few posts before hand, I realise that it could of already happened that were in a parralel universe and everything has changed. I could of been asleep and woke up in my house – but in the possession of somebody else, which could be the reason my mum wasn’t in when I woke up. Imagine that everything has changed, George Bush would be smart and Tony Blair would have small ears. Al Murray wouldn’t be funny today and Osama Bin Laden Would be in Greenpeace :)

  160. susana — on 22nd October, 2008 at 3:57 am  

    im not sure wat to bielive but i dont want to dye
    but y should we bielive other ppl if they just a regular person but if we really did dye shouldnt we go to mars weres there life or something and i never heard of the mayas before probably there stupid like us

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