Note: If you don’t care about my Tantrums & Musings, move along, this has nothing to do with horror other than it freaks me out. If, like me, you think the world is screwed, this might interest you.
As io9 picked up, in June an elaborate crop circle was found in England that looked like a massive Jellyfish, which also happens to be what Earth’s magnetic field looks like when it is struck by the waves of radiation of a powerful solar storm. Further encoded into the crop circle were an ordinal series of eclipses that, when deciphered, indicated July 7th would be the day that earth’s magnetosphere would once again be blasted into the shape of a jellyfish.
Well guess the apocalyptic fuck what. The crop circle was accurate. On July 6th and 7th a solar storm hit the planet, bending our invisible to the naked eye protector into the general shape of a jellyfish. Obviously life didn’t end, but still, two things frighten me.
One, why is a crop circle accurately predicting a solar storm? Two, why in the shit does said prediction/storm occur the same day that a movie about predicting an extinction level solar storm comes out?
I’m not saying the two things are related. If they are, this is both the most elaborate and the worst viral marketing I’ve ever seen since no one covering the weird story has noted the coincidence. What scares me – and yes, this does genuinely bother me – are the odds of such a coincidence.
I’m terrible at numbers, but I have an instinctual slavish devotion to probability and statistics. When something as astronomically (and in this case, that’s a literal measure) improbable as this bullshit happens, my brain crawls. It doesn’t compute. It freaks me the hell out how because I fear deep down that the universe is giving a sign as to how boned we all are.
If something that proved relatively tame but still phenomenally unlikely happens it only reminds of how much more likely it is that something simpler yet equally as beyond the control of humans is lurking in our future waiting to wipe out mankind. Like, say, a solar storm from space not predicted by a crop circle. Or a massive meteor flying in Earth’s blind spot. Or a superflu virus. Or the Elder Gods.
I’m not paranoid (though I would really like to know who the hell made the crop circle). I don’t live in a cave thinking the world is going to get demolished like so many Syfy Channel movies, but I can’t help but see something like the above and muse on how helpless we all are.