Monday, September 22, 2008

Young Girl Kills Herself Over 'Big Bang' Fear

I was reading through a forum I often visit ( and in the Current Events section, I came across an article from Reuters about a teenager from India who drank pesticide and killed herself after hearing 'doomsday predictions' on local television. The 'predictions' said the world would be coming to an end on September 10th, and would be brought on by experiments taking place in a particle accelerator - the Large Hadron Collider - on the French-Swiss border.

The experiment is being done to see if a miniature 'big bang' can be recreated in the lab.

Apparently, when news spread through India that the machine had been switched on, thousands rushed to temples and began fasting in preparation for the end of the world.

Now, I am not trying to make light of someones death. I've lost plenty of my own friends to suicide. I think it's terrible when anyone chooses to take their life. But there was no reason for this to happen. This solidifies the need for proper education in these countries. How can a perfectly safe (we wont be creating entire new universes in the lab anytime soon) experiment scare the living shit out of people so bad that they flood to temples for deliverance and commit suicide to avoid the 'inevitable'? There is no excuse for this, and shame on the Indian media for perpetuating the fear.

Full article can be found here

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