When the Large Hadron Collider went active in 2010, fears abounded that it would trigger the end of the world. Hypothetically, the world’s largest particle collider could generate stable microscopic black holes or the heretofore-hypothetical particles called strangelets. Either of these scenarios would have the potential of significantly ruining your day by tearing apart the very fabric of space, time, and spacetime.
As of the date of this writing, the world has yet to be destroyed by the experiments conducted in the 27-kilometer (17-mile) circumference tunnel beneath the France/Switzerland border. Since the experiments are ongoing, however, it is too soon to say whether one of them will usher in the sudden destruction of everything we know and love.
If you are at all like us at Commonplace Fun Facts, you are far too busy to continually call up the folks at CERN who run the operation and ask them, “Have you killed us all yet?” Fortunately, there is a quick and easy way to find out if this particular field of science has gone too far. The website www.hasthelargehadroncolliderdestroyedtheworldyet.com is devoted to continually monitoring the status of the world and bringing you live, up-to-the-moment answers to that burning question, “Has the large hadron collider destroyed the world yet?”
The site is the brainchild of Mike Kania, a web developer from Philadelphia. He has promised to maintain this site as long as is necessary so all of us can focus on other things.