World Jump Day
The Carnival of Family Life is up over at the Pink Diary.

Also, perhaps this could be a carnival of one.
Niesward claims that on this day "Earth occupies one of the most fragile positions in its orbits for the last 100 years." According to the site, the shift in orbit will "stop global warming, extend daytime hours and create a more homogeneous climate."

The Man Who Wasn't There

Niesward's theory has at least one major flaw: Niesward doesn't really exist. He is a character created by Torsten Lauschmann, a German-born artist living in Scotland. Lauschmann -- a live performer, filmmaker, DJ and photographer -- may be best known for his work "Misshapen Pearl," described as a "phenomenological investigation of the streetlamp's function in our consumer society."

Lauschmann's multimedia approach has allowed him to explore a wide variety of subjects, including butterflies, paparazzi photos and, now, a flash-mob experiment.

A simultaneous jump by 600,000,000 people to stop global warming by shifting the earth in its orbit? Unfortunately, we missed our opportunity to be a part, but you can wait with anticipation as the results are being calculated. It looks like they had 248,o12 too many jumpers. I hope they didn't send us spiraling out of orbit or anything nasty like that.

Oh, looks like we're safe on that one, too, from Wikepedia:

  • It is impossible to permanently change the Earth's orbit using the planet's own mass (which includes that of the world's population) unless such mass is ejected from the Earth at escape velocity (see Newton's third law of motion). The center of gravity of the system containing the earth and its population of humans will remain in the exact same orbit it was always in throughout the jump. However, for the very brief moment when the jumpers were in the air, the Earth's orbit would have been moved a tiny bit - only to be restored to its exact same location by the force of gravity acting between the jumpers and the planet while they were in the air.
  • Even ejecting such mass from the Earth (or colliding to it from outer space), the resulting energy would be equivalent to only 2% of the energy released by a modern hydrogen bomb, shifting the Earth's orbit just a small fraction of the radius of a single atom [7].
  • Since the Earth's orbit is elliptic, there are already great variations in its distance from the Sun (about 5,000,000 km) with no generally noticeable changes in temperature. Applying a brief force to the surface of the earth would not move its orbit further from the sun - it would merely change the shape of the ellipse - so at some times of year the earth would actually be closer to the sun whilst at others it would be further away.

(btw, of course it was a joke...actually, more of a publicity stunt for the artist...but amusing just the same).