Radiation and a big rock

Hi Brit,

Two of the most dangerous things in the universe are asteroids and radiation.  At the moment, the UN has just saved us from one, and has been asked to save from the other in the not too distant future.  I present you with two items of news:

U.N. watchdog unveils new symbol for radiation risk

U.N. urged to take action on asteroid threat

It appears that on 04/13/2036, a hunk of space rock, named Apophis, has a 1 in 45,000 chance of making a big mess of our lovely planet.  Of course, I don’t care as the end of the world is in 2012.  Still, if that prediction happens to be wrong, the Big A is worth doing something about.  Even though it’s pretty good odds in favor of a miss, looking into ways of rigging the game for our side seems reasonable.  However, as the other story tells, it took the UN 5 years to do this:


This leads me to believe that, while the United Nations might be able to handle a severe case of hemorrhoids in 29 years, stopping an asteroid in that time frame may be a bit beyond their capabilities.

the Grit

7 Responses to “Radiation and a big rock”

  1. surfsander Says:

    Boy, I bet N. Korea is pissed. Now they have to come up with a different idea for a new national flag!

  2. britandgrit Says:

    Good one,

    the Grit

  3. totaltransformation Says:

    A believer in the Maya calender?

    -J. Kaiser

  4. britandgrit Says:

    Hi -J,

    Well, let’s say I find it interesting. Besides, it’s a more immediate threat than Global Warming 😉

    the Grit

  5. totaltransformation Says:

    Well heck, cow farts are a more serious threat….lol.

  6. britandgrit Says:

    Since I’m no longer raising cattle, can I sell the carbon credits for the missing bovine gas? The Government used to pay us to not grow cotton, so this is not beyond the realm of possibility. It would also make amusing small talk at dinner parties.

    the Grit

  7. Chris Drewer Says:

    My calender ends on December 31, 2009. Does that mean the worlds going to end? Mayan calender has to end at some point…

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