Tar and Abby

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Qouth the raven - gimme more!

"While the data was amassing, suddenly there came a tapping,

As of something gently rapping, rapping at LIGO’s door."

First some background. LIGO is the facility, next door to The Engineer's nuclear plant, that measures gravitational waves from space - which was first posited by Albert Einstein re his theory of special relativity in 1905. The first gravitational wave was heard here in 2015 and finally proved Einstein's theory. Needless to say we were all excited around here.
And then one day there came another sound.... tap, tap, tap. What is that?!?!? Aliens?
Turns out the frost build up on the cooling system for the apparatus was appealing to the ravens in the summer heat. So they tap, tap, tapped it off the pipes for some refreshment.
"Altering the setup to prevent ice buildup now keeps the ravens from tapping, evermore."


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8 comments:

mistress maddie said...

HA! That's pretty funny! These birds and squirrels sometimes don't know ho much they may be screwing with technology ...in a innocent way.

anne marie in philly said...

quoth the raven Eleanor

(I always heard it that way as a child)

Sadie J said...

Like a mouse in the wall--you can hear it but can't figure out where it's coming from!

Bob Slatten said...

Ravens! It's always Ravens!!!!

Jeanne said...

Corvids are so smart! Smarter than many people I have encountered!

Jeanne said...

I am loving your labels! ♥

So to answer your label - What do Edgar Allen Poe and Albert Einstein have in common? Poe wrote a book called Euraka which was published a year before his death. This book had ideas in it like - The Big Bang, connection between space and time, even the velocity of light. This book was 'light years' ahead of its time. Though from what I read, Einstein didn't think the book worth reading.

Also love how you are stretching your readers brains....

the dogs' mother said...

I'm going to have to read that book!

Mr. Shife said...

Dang it! I was hoping it was the aliens coming to take us away from this nightmare.