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Today is the 2nd day of the 36th week, the 10th day of the 9th month, the 253rd day of 2018, and:
ON THIS DAY IN ...
- Blame it on the Large Hadron Collider Day -- the anniversary of the date that the Large Hadron Collider was first fired up in 2008 just outside of Geneva, Switzerland
- I'm on Top of It Day ((I’m not – hope you have this))
- International Creepy Boston Dynamics Robotic Horse Day
- International Make-Up Day
- National Boss/Employee Exchange Day
- National Hot Dog Day
- National Swap Ideas Day
- Sew Be It Day
- Rosh Hashanah – this actually started at sundown yesterday. Lots of schools are closed today
- TV Dinner Day
- World Suicide Prevention Day
1846 – Elias Howe is granted a patent for the sewing machine.
1858 – George Mary Searle discovers the asteroid 55 Pandora.
1932 – The New York City Subway's third competing subway system, the municipally-owned IND, is opened.
1936 – First World Individual Motorcycle Speedway Championship, Held at London's (England) Wembley Stadium
1937 – Nine nations attend the Nyon Conference to address international piracy in the Mediterranean Sea.
1941 - Alberta, Canada government orders all schools closed due to the epidemics of infantile paralysis (poliomyelitis) and encephalitis; lessons published in the newspapers.
1955 - "Gunsmoke" premiered on CBS.
1960 – At the Summer Olympics in Rome, Abebe Bikila becomes the first sub-Saharan African to win a gold medal, winning the marathon in bare feet.
1977 - A convicted murderer became the last person to be executed by the guillotine in France.
2000 - The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical "Cats" closed after 7,485 performances over nearly 18 years as the longest-running show in Broadway history.
2001 – Charles Ingram cheats his way to £1 million on the UK game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
2008 – The Large Hadron Collider at CERN, described as the biggest scientific experiment in history, is powered up in Geneva, Switzerland.
2018 - NASA Voyager is 19 hrs 51 mins 12 secs of light-travel time from Earth
Quote of the day:
"Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities."
~ Voltaire (1694 - 1778)
The story of the LHC [Large Hadron Collider] has been strewn with all kinds of detritus and debris caused by pseudo-science, partially fueled by a lack of understanding of particle physics. You have to admit the formation of microscopic black holes does sound a bit like a grade-B sci fi movie about mad scientists. This resulted in an actual lawsuit to keep the LHC from ever operating, stating it would unleash a planet-eating monster. Granted it is still dangerous to flesh – the story of a scientist who got in the way of a particle beam proved that proton radiation can do a great deal of damage – but the fear a black hole could actually grow and gobble up the Earthis just not rational. Now the one about opening a gateway into a parallel universe or a different dimension? Personally I think we’ll have to wait and see about that one, because apparently physicists never read up about Cthulhu and the Elder Gods who live in that different plane of existence…..
Pretty farfetched you say? "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" or “Make America Great Again” -- in this world of “alternative facts” and the barrage of “fake news” either incantation worrying about Cthulhu is just absurd. And I worry about atrocities to follow....
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