the magnetic poles are shifting: watch for falling nut jobs

MSNBC and Fox have reported a phenomenon that takes place every couple hundred thousand years or so: the shifting of the magnetic poles. Fluctuations in the molten iron core of the earth cause the magnetic field around the earth to shift, causing the magnetic polarity of the earth to gradually wander about and even at times flip flop. We seem to be in the midst of a magnetic pole shift. Gizmodo ran a story on this phenomenon late last year. In fact, some airports like Tampa International have had to renumber their runways to account for resulting shifts in the compasses on planes.

This is a simple enough natural phenomenon. I am just counting the days hours until some fundamentalist nut job attempts to tie this to the Mayan 2012 calendar nonsense or some biblical prophecy like Isaiah 40:4. Just sit back and watch the blogs wander…

I must also ask a serious scientific question, however, one which perhaps my esteemed colleague, Butler’s Dr. James McGrath, can assist: how does this affect the island?

9 Responses

  1. Presumably if this were going on during LOST, then all those directions using a compass bearing to get people off the island safely might have turned out to be backwards… sometimes. :-)

  2. i bet that was why the women had troubles having babies on the island. i think magnets are bad for babies, right? oh wait, they dropped that storyline at some point…

    i am sure ancient aliens will have an episode about how the core of the earth was designed by aliens and that is why the mayan calendar matches perfectly with the shift…

  3. It could even have greater consequences since faraday is dead. Someone would have to recalibrate the bearings for exiting the island otherwise people would get fried like Minkowski.

  4. if they do, i’ll be there to say no no no (if they don’t cut it).

  5. It’s the work of the Annunaki. They’re gonna get us. Hide ya kids, hide ya wife, hide ya kids, hide wife and hide your husband cause they’re magnetizing ‘erbody out here. ;-)

  6. Well played.

  7. Sadly, the shift in the ley lines has thrown off my personal transporter. I must recalibrate before duplicating myself again.

  8. Well flip-flopping poles is what you get when you legalize gay marriage. It killed the dinosaurs, too.

  9. So gay marriage did all that! And here I thought the extinction was caused by a divine miasma.

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