Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Seven minutes to midnight

Seven Minutes

In 1947 the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists (which would be a great name for a band, by the way) created a clock to keep symbolic track of how close we are to the end of the world. Getting their jollies from the countdown to apocalypse (c’mon, who doesn’t?), the B.A.S. set this clock at seven minutes to midnight – with midnight marking the end of life as we know it.

While varying nuclear and climate threats have changed the position of the clock’s hands over the years, the “Doomsday Clock” currently sits where it was originally, at seven minutes. Scientists are, however, getting ready to change this – and it’s not getting further away.

What may be most irksome about this project is that scientists have yet to reveal the year in which the clock will strike midnight. My guess: 2649. Go ahead, call me when I’m wrong.

I’m hoping for an alternate group of scientists to spring up and start a “Count Down to Residing in Paradise” clock – which is what we all know will definitely happen after this world ends. I mean, if you’ve been good.

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