Earth's magnetic poles may be getting ready to flip


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/01/31/the-earths-magnetic-poles-ma.html


#2

I rather enjoyed The Core. It is a fun popcorn romp movie.

So onto more important questions…if the poles swap, which way will my toilet water flush again?


#3

Same way. That’s gravity, not magnetism; unless you poop like Nibbler, you’ll be fine.


#4

I love this NYT review of The Core: “The brazen silliness of The Core is becalming and inauthentic, like taking a bath in nondairy coffee creamer. The Earth core’s inability to turn is mirrored in the cast’s inability to give the picture any spin.”


#5

It’s those people making over-unity magnetic motor/generators – they’re sucking all the power out of magnetism!


#6

I’m buying stock in airport runway painting companies right now.


#7

“… harm or otherwise kill…”

fify - other movie


#8

Quirks and Quarks had a good segment on this, for those who enjoy audio content. Plus there is a transcript here:

By good, I do mean utterly terrifying.


#9

And highway sign companies.


#10

are you sure…I’m freakin’ out over here!!!

:wink:


#11

This is great news for the prepper industrial complex
I’m buying shares of Infowars stock!


#12

Australia will have to change its nickname to Up Over.


#13

Wouldn’t that also vastly increase the risk solar storms pose to transmission grids?


#14

It’s the time during a reversal that is fucking scary:

PoleReversal

The silver lining is “(t)he reversal might happen, or it might be aborted — Earth is too complex a system for scientists to know which outcome to expect. Either way, the process will drag on over the next few thousand years, giving us time to adjust to the changes.” -Livescience.com


#15

I don’t see a source for the claim in the headline.


#16

The millenium bug, african killer bees from central america, a smorgasbord of asteroids, chemtrails, magnetic poles flipping, you name it, north americans just luv their apocalyptic scenarios (and to buy ALL THE WATER+BATTERIES at the supermarket) :wink:


#17

My son wants to buy a compass… I suppose I should hold off until the new models are released (I am guessing this means they’ll have to paint the other side of the pointer…?)


#18

I had to look that up.


#19

Give or take a few billion years, but who’s to say really.


#20

So how long does a reversal take? Any ideas?