Large Hadron Collider Overheats Due To Dropped Chunk Of Bread

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Yesterday the Large Hadron Collider overheated, but it wasn't because of a software error or terrorism. It was because a bird dropped a piece of bread onto some outdoor equipment.

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The LHC's beam wasn't actually operational at the time, so the automatic fail-safe mechanism didn't need to kick in. Nonetheless the operation had to be shut down until the problem was found. No remarks on whether anyone tracked down the bird bomber and compensated it for the lost lunch. [Register via Pop Sci]

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Oooookay.... so this massive, ultrasophisticated, multibillion-dollar piece of bleeding edge technology can be shut down by a stray chunk of bread.

That fills me with all sorts of warm-fuzzy reassurance. I'm sure we have nothing to worry about should someone who knows anything actually try to deliberately damage the thing, ya know? #lhcbaguetteincident