13
Nov
09

Baguette eating surrender bird threatens humanity. Well, France and Switzerland.

A bird has pulled off a clever parody of Dan Brown’s interminable yawn-fest Angels and Demons by disabling Cern’s Large Hadron Collider with “a bit of baguette”.

The LHC, for the unenlightened, is a huge particle accelerator housed on the French/Swiss border which scientists hope will unlock the so-called ‘God particle’ and recreate the birth of the universe in miniature.

Astro-physics explained brilliantly, for free. Don’t say I don’t spoil you.

While I don’t know much about unlocking the secrets of the universe (I dropped physics when I was 14), I am fairly sure that the key to the lock isn’t a baguette dropped by a bird.

According to Cern, a bird – still on the wing from authorities – dropped a piece of baguette into the atom-smasher’s outdoor machinery last week and caused a short circuit and untold financial damage.

A spokesman confirmed the bread was “naked and unfilled”, ruling out customers from Subway, and that scientists believed the culprit to be a bird which “had been spotted beforehand near the substation carrying bread.”

This incredible machine will unlock mysteries that have perplexed the human race for centuries. Oh, hang on, there's a bit of baguette. Forget I said anything.

Behold! The key to the universe! Oh hang on, there's a bit of baguette in the hard drive. Forget I said anything.

In its bid to twist time and prevent scientists from answering the big questions that have plagued mankind since we stopped believing we’d fall off the edge of the world if we sailed for long enough and that the Earth was the centre of the universe, the bird had made a textbook error.

Everyone is going to notice a bird carrying a baguette. I’d be surprised if grainy footage from a mobile phone doesn’t turn up on You’ve Been Framed – why take the risk when a well-aimed spot of defecation could have done the job just as well, if not better?

Because the machine wasn’t switched on, the baguette damage was collateral rather than cataclysmic. It would be adding insult to injury if in addition to giving us avian flu, birds also created black holes large enough to swallow entire tracts of Europe.

Lunatics and straw-clutching fatalists who believe the world will end in 2012 (when my mortgage is still outstanding? I should be so lucky) have claimed that ‘baguette bird’ is an example of the LHC sabotaging itself from the future.

A bit like smoking when you’ve got a history of heart problems in your family, or drinking 12 cocktails and then telling your best friend’s husband that you’ve always wondered what it might be like if he took you from behind.

They believe the frequency of Cern’s accidents is more than a coincidence and that the Higgs Boson, which sounds like the double-barrelled surname of a posh boy at boarding school but is, in fact the particle physicists hope to produce with the LHC might be ‘abhorrent to nature’.

Avid watchers of Doctor Who take note: this means that the creation of the Higgs Boson at some point in the future would ripple backwards through time to put a stop to whatever it was that had created it in the first place.

Let me give you a moment while your brain stops spinning.

Given this science fiction style scenario, you’d hope that the £10 billion LHC would have come up with something better than a baguette carrying bird.

An invisible cyborg teleported into the heart of the machine to wage war against time, perhaps, or a tiny alien robot ant hidden in the mail; anything, in short, than a cack-handed French bird on its way to a picnic.

In addition to our feathered friend, the LHC has been hit by other mishaps, ranging from an explosion during its construction to a malfunction during its first use.

The devout believe it’s God’s way of calling a halt to humans messing with the fabric of time, much in the same way He stopped me from making a circuit in an IT lesson at school because He knew I should never be afforded that kind of power.

Today a circuit that illuminates a fairy light bulb: tomorrow a particle accelerator that can be derailed by a bird and single-handedly wipe out the world’s supply of Lindt chocolate and Camembert.

Baguettes not withstanding, scientists are planning to fire up the LHC in the near future to see if it can produce the Higgs Boson particle which will open the door to all kinds of other mysteries, such as the origins and nature of dark matter, extra dimensions in space and why Richard Hammond thought that advertisement for Morrisson’s was a good idea.

Frankly, if it can be short-circuited by a bird flying overhead, I’m not holding out too much hope that it’ll give us an answer to the meaning of life any time in the near future.

But if it does, I will refer you all to my post wholeheartedly and enthusiastically supporting the LHC that I wrote in 2036.

*** Apologies if you thought I had fallen into a black hole created by the Hadron Collider. I haven’t. I’ve just been working myself into an early grave, which is far less exciting ***

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15 Responses to “Baguette eating surrender bird threatens humanity. Well, France and Switzerland.”


  1. November 13, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    That featherbrained saboteur should be sent to Colonel Sanders. That thing is going to produce mini black holes which people can flick at each other like bogeys. That’s the biggest breakthrough since the stock cube.

  2. 2 kato
    November 14, 2009 at 6:39 am

    Since the bird wasn’t apprehended, it could well have been a cyborg –or dalek, in disguise– on a mission from the future. I prefer to think, however, that our feathered brethren are trying to protect us from ourselves by sabotaging this hyper-ego-driven quest to peek through Creation’s notebooks: hooray for avian anarchy! Let’s get a flock trained up to work on other priorities…

  3. 3 Tim Lenton
    November 14, 2009 at 11:10 am

    You’ve nailed it.

  4. November 16, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    So you are saying god didn’t enjoy a sandwich or two in those days he started the first big bang?

  5. 5 brucehood
    November 20, 2009 at 8:59 am

    Good to see you back but I fully understand how difficult it is to keep a blog updated when all the other stuff is piling up. Still, it’s well worth the wait and the chuckle when you post.

  6. November 22, 2009 at 9:04 am

    Take your time WIB, we’ll be here.

  7. December 2, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    My threesome doesn’t really work with just two people.

  8. December 18, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Wow! First time I’ve checked on you in ages, and now I’m late.

    It’s not my fault – time is all screwed up.

    Damn those Higgs Bosuns!

  9. January 3, 2010 at 9:37 am

    It’s like Dambusters. With Pigeons.

    Or the end of Star Wars with the LHC instead of the Death Star.

  10. January 8, 2010 at 5:07 am

    Oh, WIB, WIB
    Missing you so much,
    Shall I write a poem for thee?

    Please start blogging before I break into a full length poem.

  11. January 9, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Long time no see!
    Happy New Year!

  12. 12 Dee
    February 1, 2010 at 7:28 am

    Hey, are we in a who-takes-longest-between-blogs contest here? I can beat you!

  13. February 15, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    I came here via JonnyB. Usually, he disappoints me. But this time, I am in ecstasies! It is a good recommendation from him.

  14. May 11, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    It’s odd that they need to build such a big contraption to make a couple of tiny particles collide.

    Can’t blame the birds. I love baguettes myself and have had near collisions with elderly ladies trying to get the last loaf at the supermarket,


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