Photo from The Age.
To be honest, I'm actually rather excited about the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) being fired up today. This might be a fantastic way of finding out more about particle processes, dark matter and explore the differences between matter and anti-matter.
Maybe there is a possibility of it causing black holes or the end of the universe or something, but meh. Why not see what happens? I highly doubt it's going to cause the end of ages or the world to be sucked in to itself or a profusion of purple velvet flared trousers to suddenly appear out of nowhere.
I'm astounded the scientists working on the project have been receiving death threats (and that article is also fantastic for this bit: "Prof[essor] Brian Cox of Manchester University, add[s]: 'Anyone who thinks the LHC will destroy the world is a twat.'"). You sort of wonder, "What, so people are saying, 'If you cause the end of the world and kill everyone, I'm coming 'round to kill you!'?" People have more to worry about from climate change, and yet they get all hot and bothered about some particles colliding.
Even better is that there are a couple scientists who say this could be the beginning of time travel (see the quote by Professor Cox at the end of the article). Obviously they've been watching too much Dr Who. And who knows what might happen if people went back in time and accidentally stopped the LHC being created or some other paradox...
Update: Oh my goodness. People really are that stupid (although it is the Herald Sun) (thanks, RP).