While I was sorely tempted to write some spoof piece about the end of the world yesterday, something deep inside told me that it would be a bad idea. There are people who were genuinely afraid of that thing and the potential for someone to do something rash and totally irreversible was always there. As is evidenced by the case of Chayya, a 16-year-old girl from the state of Madhya Pradesh in India, who drank pesticide out of the fear that the world was going to end when CERN turned on the LHC.
While what happened to young Chayya is very sad, we are fortunate that none of the idiots that were sending death threats to physicists made good on their warnings. [News.com.au]