Evil Templar Knights Break Earth’s Rotation

Ok, so that’s not reeeeaaally what happened, but I liked that title.

Apparently the end of the world is at hand, the remnants of the Knight’s Templar must have finally set in motion the mystical badness that will inevitably lead to end times and here is our first sign.  From BoingBoing:

The original pendulum, which was used by French scientist Leon Foucault to demonstrate the rotation of the Earth and which forms an integral part of [Umberto] Eco’s novel’s labyrinthine plot, has been irreparably damaged in an accident in Paris.

The pendulum’s cable snapped last month and its sphere crashed to the marble floor of the Musee des Arts et Metiers.

In 1851, Foucault used the pendulum to perform a sensational demonstration in the Paris Pantheon, proving to Napoleon III and the Parisian elite that the Earth revolved around its axis. Such was its success that the experiment was replicated throughout Europe.

Somewhere the evil templar's plans are finally coming to fruition. Or something.

I read Eco’s ‘Foucault’s Pendulum’ about a decade ago, and it was one of those joyous blasts of history and paranoia that I love so much. And while this article has nothing to actually do with the book, it does have to do with the Pendulum that is front and center.  And I can’t help but think that the destruction of a device used to show a basic fundamental force of the planet breaking is a sign of something.

Maybe it’s a sign that it’s ice cream day.  Probably.

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