07 November 2009

Large Hadron Collider sabotaged by French fancy food

At least according to the official version:

The bird dropped some bread on a section of outdoor machinery, eventually leading to significant over heating in parts of the accelerator. The LHC was not operational at the time of the incident, but the spike produced so much heat that had the beam been on, automatic failsafes would have shut down the machine.
Knowing the inherent tendency of any PR officer to whitewash the truth, even when it's totally unnecessary, I doubt some of the details:

The picture above is billed as "Re-enacted according to eyewitness accounts." The relative location of the bird and the item it released seems to be true. However, the nature of the item... oh well.

Anyroad, there is no cause for glee and/or celebrations, folks:
This incident won't delay the reactivation of the facility later this month...
So don't stop your activities related to the coming end of the world, please. We are on schedule.