Saturday, December 13, 2003

The Earth's Magnetic Field Is Weakening!

MSNBC reports that the earth's magnetic field "has decreased 10 percent over the past 150 years, raising the remote possibility that it may collapse and later reverse, flipping the planet's poles for the first time in nearly a million years!"

At this current rate of decline (*yawn*), the earth's magnetic field could vanish altogether in 1,500 to 2,000 years (zzzzzz...)

Well, The Corsair will be pushing up daisies then, buried possibly at Westminster Abbey next to Geoffrey Chaucer, so the magnetic field can kiss my grits (originally said by Polly Holliday, the sassy, older 'socially unencumbered' waitress on the 70s hit series Alice).

Which brings me to the neat point that as architects came off well after our little national discussion on building design prompted by the downing of the World Trade Center, no earthly disaster -- even a cosmic scale -- could make the job of an "Earth Scientist" a remotely cool way to finance bling-bling. Studying the earth's magnetic field does not make one a babe magnet.

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