Mayhem, and story ideas

I have spent most of the evening (and early morning) watching weird shit on You Tube. For this I use Google Chrome, because there is a YouTube adblocker available for that browser. These conspiracy theory vids are riddled with adverts and they usually start right in the middle of someone’s sentence. Look, guys, nobody is going to watch your ad if you interrupt so often and so inconveniently. We’re going to use Chrome and see no ads at all.

Okay. So, I was looking up ways to end the world and destroy humanity. Purely out of academic interest, you understand, and to get story ideas. Nothing to do with building any kind of doomsday machine nor with finding out the best place to drop a nuke to set off any kind of hypothetical chain reaction. Just looking for story ideas.

I won’t link to the videos, many of them are crap and a lot of the narrators have very dull monotones. They aren’t hard to find.

Tonight’s foray into the minds of the mad concentrated on Antarctica mostly. It seems there is a hell of a lot of stuff buried there. Well, it wasn’t always at the south pole and it is well known that forests, dead animals and even lakes are under all that ice and snow.

But pyramids? Okay, I can work with the idea of pyramids in Antarctica. I have read plausible theories that the Egyptians didn’t build the pyramids or the Sphinx because despite keeping detailed records of most things, they never mention construction of either of them. They could well predate the Egyptians. It might not be very likely but it is at least possible. Of particular interest is the proportion of the head of the Sphinx to the body. It’s much too small, odd for a people who were so precise in other building. As if it was originally a lion sculpture and the head was recarved.

This is all by the by. Pyramids could be on Antarctic soil but most of that is under ice and snow. A lot of ice and snow. A mile or more thick in some places. For a pyramid to be poking out of that requires a scale of constructiion that would have sunk into bedrock.

I have heard about alien bases under Antarctic ice, secret entrances, mysterious statues (again with the mile of ice problem) and more. A lot of it is clearly bollocks but some of it does make you think ‘Well, could be a plausible story idea at least’.

That’s the thing about fiction. It has to be plausible. It has to make sense. Real life has no such restriction but if you want to write a story, it has to have a logical reason for everything.

There is talk of a pre-human race sunk under the ice, who were advanced in intelligence and a lot like the scrawny ‘grey’ aliens we hear about. They were, apparently, flash-frozen. Instantly, Didn’t even have time to put a hat on.

Impossible? No. Unlikely, sure, but not impossible. There is also talk that those under the ice are the fallen angels from the ‘forbidden’ Book of Enoch. It’s not all that forbidden. I have a copy. It’s on Amazon. That one is stretching it since a God who runs the universe can surely find somewhere out of the way to put them.

How could they be flash-frozen? Well, there is a real theory on catastrophic pole shifts. Basically, if there is a blast of a magnetic storm from the sun, polarised so north is down from our perspective, it will try to force the little magnet of our planet to align with it.

The crust that we live on floats on a semi-molten mantle. Land masses move around on it. Not very fast, but they do move. However, friction means they are not dashing about like Italian drivers and bashing into each other all the time. It takes a very long time for a land mass to go anywhere.

If you are going to have a catastrophic shift in the land masses, you need another event, apart from a magnetic storm, to happen at the same time. Something that lets the crust move fast over the mantle. All of it, not just a bit of it.

That event could be a snapping of a subduction zone, a long one, ideally the Pacific plate.

Could it happen? Well let’s see. If that subduction zone is already under a lot of strain and ready to pop, and a magnetic storm hits that tries to force the poles to move, it could actually happen. The sudden increased pressure from the storm could make that plate and others give way. Bang. Massive earthquakes, mega tsunamis, the crust starts to roll and it could all be over in a week. The theoretical locations of the north and south poles would then be about 40 degrees from where they are now.

Antarctica would be back in the tropics. Meanwhile pretty much all the rest of the world has been well screwed back into the stone age. All electronic records are gone and the archaeologists of the future will have to work with whatever they can find – probably mostly gravestones since we don’t carve much else in rock now – and translate our long forgotten languages as best they can.

Has this happened before? Maybe. I’m rather more concerned about whether it might happen again. This time we have a lot of nuclear weapons and nuclear reactors. Having that lot all blasted at once would be very bad indeed.

The best way to destroy humanity would be to drop a line of nukes off the east coast of America just as a solar magnetic storm hits. That should get most of them and the radiation from busted nuclear reactors should finish off those who don’t die of internet deprivation.

This is all just for information, of course.

There was one more story idea. I watched a video where the (rather well spoken) loony insisted all the moons of Saturn were in fact spaceships. The ‘proof’ involved boosting the contrast to show high contrast rocks.

I mean, okay, manipulating Saturn’s rings into a frequency transmitter sounds like fun but who wants to be the one driving a spaceship around Saturn for several thousand years?

The theory is good but good luck finding volunteers.

There was one fun part though. Iapetus, one of Saturn’s moons, does indeed resemble the death star from Star Wars. It resembles it a lot.

What if an ancient race used it to blow up the asteroid planet, then left it parked around Saturn in case Earth’s apes needed a slapdown in the future?

Now that could be a fun story…

8 thoughts on “Mayhem, and story ideas

    • It’s been a gentle winter in Scotland this year. None of the ‘frozen in for a week’ we had last year. There’s still time though – hail in May is not unusual here.

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    • I’d love to see it, but the ‘calamitous’ 0.7C or so global temperature change isn’t going to thaw Antarctica. It would have to be basically a firestorm at the equator to make that happen.

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  1. Magnetic pole reversals are not rare.
    From Wiki:

    A geomagnetic reversal is a change in a planet’s magnetic field such that the positions of magnetic north and magnetic south are interchanged (not to be confused with geographic north and geographic south). The Earth’s field has alternated between periods of normal polarity, in which the predominant direction of the field was the same as the present direction, and reverse polarity, in which it was the opposite. These periods are called chrons.

    There have been 183 reversals over the last 83 million years. The latest, the Brunhes–Matuyama reversal, occurred 780,000 years ago, and may have happened very quickly, within a human lifetime.[1] In August 2018, researchers reported a reversal lasting only 200 years.[2]

    A brief complete reversal, known as the Laschamp event, occurred only 41,000 years ago during the last glacial period. That reversal lasted only about 440 years with the actual change of polarity lasting around 250 years. During this change the strength of the magnetic field weakened to 5% of its present strength.[3] Brief disruptions that do not result in reversal are called geomagnetic excursions.

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    • What the doomsayers are suggesting is a pole move to the equator (I think they said the South Pole ends up in the Bay of Bengal) combined with a massive plate slip that lets the crust slide around (breaking as it goes) into a whole new position. Greenland and Antarctica would be in the tropics.

      It’s a Hell (literally) of a scenario, it comes from the ones who believe our last Stone Age wasn’t our first one and the planet keeps kicking us back with catastrophes like that.

      If it turns out they’re right, my Luddite determination to keep old manual tools could come in handy 😉

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  2. “If it turns out they’re right, my Luddite determination to keep old manual tools could come in handy ”
    All hail the great spirit Leggy and his magical spanner!
    Can I be one of your priests? I’ll bring my own set of feeler gauges.

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