Lawnmower triggers false Northern Lights alert


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Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/08/25/lawnmower-triggers-false-north.html


#2

“Hey James, you know that patch of lawn near the magnetometers? With all the signs around them? Big circle-slashes? Did you, uh… did you mow in there?”


#3

Of course I didn’t mow in there, you moron! Everyone knows you need to use a trimmer around those signs.


#4

“Oh. ’Cause, you know, we predicted Northern Lights the other night, and. Hey. Do you know offhand, how many Gauss that trimmer throws off? Just curious.”


#5

Gas? It’s electric. I have to drag the cord around. Thinking about it, I might have left the extension cord wrapped around that, what was it, a magnetumometer?


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#7

::twitch:: “Yeah. That’s, right, a magnetometer. Anyway listen, if you could just not use any electrical equipment at all? Around that part of the grounds? Any electricity at all. I appreciate it.

“Oh and if you see Dr. Coleman around, would you please ask him to stop vaping near the hygrometer?”


#8

Things like this make me love science all the more.


#9

Bingo. I love the edge cases that make it clear that “science” is not a monolithic mountain of pure correctness.


#10

I misread it as a lawnmower which triggered the northern lights, which would make it the best lawnmower ever.


#11

Oops, forgot to put the grass catcher on. Oh, you thought the flying grass was an aurora? Like, man, what are you on???


#12

“It’s time we moved you on to some other activities.”


#13

Came for the Lawnmowerman reference; leaving satisfied.


#14

Yes


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