It’s the end of the world as we know it … and I feel fine. – R.E.M.
There’s a scientific experiment going on in just a few days (Sept. 10) that, depending on whom you believe, has the potential to destroy the earth. I’m probably not explaining this right, but I think what it boils down to is that they’re going to flip on this massive particle accelerator that will in effect mimic the Big Bang, but on a much smaller scale.
What it could do is touch off a black hole or a series of black holes that would then set about consuming all the matter that is earth and either instantly or within about a month (again, depending on whose camp you choose to believe) we’re gone.
A friend hosted a now infamous End of the World party in 1982 when some disaster or another was to befall earth and wipe out mankind. (I didn’t go; I can’t remember why.) There was a similar kind of threat in 1984 and maybe the world really did end. Part of it did for me. Financial aid for college dried up under this administration so I took on a third part-time job. At the time I remember thinking, albeit fleetingly, why am I doing this if we’re all going to die soon anyway?
A few more years later, my part of the world was threatened again when Iben Browning began predicting that the New Madrid Fault was going to level the Mississippi Valley surrounding it. Clearly, that didn’t happen either. So, much like Huck Finn, the details of earth's demise have been greatly exaggerated.
But just in case the world does end Wednesday, it’s been nice knowin’ ya.
And here I thought we had until December 2012 when the Mayan calendar supposedly ends.