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Large Hadron Collider Shut Off by a fouine

written by Jordan Cobb April 30, 2016


You can never really be prepared for anything. Rain on your wedding day, the computer unexpectedly shuts off just as you’re finishing your big essay to graduate, a fouine chews on a cable of the Large Hadron Collider and shuts it off, and you get a splinter in your hand as you build yourself a brand new table.

Wait, that second one can’t happen right? Well it did.

For those not in know, the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland is a breakthrough in science. It’s a 17-mile long superconducting machine that smashes protons and other sub-atomic particles together at the speed of light. It’s quite a remarkable thing, so imagine the shock of all those involved with it when a small animal managed to chew right through a power cable, shutting down the $7 billion machine. You’d think that thing would have some sturdy cables.

Engineers investigated to find out why it had gone offline overnight on April 28th. It was first reported that a weasel had chewed through it, but further investigation showed that it was indeed a fouine that had done the deed.


Its not all fun and giggles as it has thus been shut down completely. While only taking a few days to repair, for a full smash to happen again might take until mid-May for the collider to perform.

Sadly this isn’t the first time the Large Hadron Collider has had a snafu. Back in 2009, a bird supposedly dropped a baguette onto some of its electrical systems.

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