World Jump Day: hopping madness

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Jul 17, 2006

Ah, it's been a while since I've been able to open up a can of good ol' debunkin'. So it's a good thing that World Jump Day is in a couple of days.

Maybe you've heard about this: the claim is that if 600 million people all jump at the same time, then the Earth will move from its orbit, and this will cure global warming.

Um. Yeah. Sure.

This won't work, for lots of reasons. I really really doubt the folks behind this are serious, but sometimes people take bad ideas seriously (oh, don't get me started!) and of course I am a nerd of almost godlike proportions. So I had to take this on.

The basic problems? People don't weigh enough to do anything, even if they did the Earth can't be moved around this way, and even if it could, it would have to move million of kilometers away from the Sun to make a difference. But golly, other than that...

Anyway, the debunking page goes into more detail, with math and physics and everything! But don't let that scare you. It was fun to think about, and I hope it'll fun for you to read too. So hop on over and give it a shot.

HAHAHAHAHAhahahaha. I slay me.

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