How One Man Tricked 600 Million People Into Jumping At The Same Time To Alter Earth Orbit
Yesterday, six hundred million people were supposed to jump simultaneously. World Jump Day is a designated day where everybody in the world jumps at once to knock the earth into a new orbit.
The scientific background of the whole idea is a bit shady, but here it is anyway
For a person to jump off the surface of the Earth, Newton´s Third Law guarantees that the Earth will feel a reaction force equal and opposite to the force generated by jumping. This then to an excellent approximation cancels the impulse of the force generated on impact. The only effect of 6 billion jumping human beings will be lots of sore kneecaps and a few stress lines in concrete all over the world, and the Earth´s days changing ever so slightly in duration.
Dr. Hans Peter Niesward, from the Department of Gravitationsphysik at the ISA in
Niesward's theory has at least one major flaw: Niesward doesn't really exist. He is a character created by Torsten Lauschmann, a German-born artist living in
In 2005, Lauschmann encouraged scientists and bloggers from around the world to discuss World Jump Day.
"He thought it would just circulate among friends, but it quickly seemed to morph. Within weeks it was global — people in
The site now claims to have just under 600 million jumpers registered for the cause. But will people jump out of environmental activism or a commitment to the bizarre? Is the jump as important as the buzz it's created?
The folks at madphysics.com have constructed an anti-World Jump Day manifesto, complete with equations drawn up to dispute the validity of Niesward's — or Lauschmann's — theories.
Supposedly based on "seismographic recordings ranging from impacts of comets to the simultaneous movement of the audience at the 2002 World Cup Final," the site uses graphs, bell curves and diagrams to support its hypothesis and directs the user to several prestigious science and environmental sites, none of which mention World Jump Day or support any of its assertions.
One word of caution: The site tells those of us living in the eastern part of the
(Based on articles from GeekLife, MadPhysics, GameShout and Google News)