CERN NOT Testing Dec. 21

UPDATED (original post here): There are a lot of doomsday theories going around right now thanks to the approaching end to the Mayan calendar. This article pointed to it saying:

An old post by the bloggers at Categorists.com seems to be causing some stir with what appears to be a joke. CERN’s Upcoming Test Schedule Coincides with Mayan Calendar The post is dated April 1, and a laughing face with the byline …APRIL FOOLS! appears near the bottom. They are fools themselves, messing with folks that way.

The link included in the commentary has since 404ed but Google has a cached version yet.

Anyway, where is this all going? The categorists.com page seemed to be pretty hoaxy. It just fits the theories too well and is quite easily discountable.

Cern has a PDF on their website indicating tests on week 50, Monday going into Friday. It’s the week before that the final tests will be done. CERN is cooling down the LHC the week that contains the 21st.

By the way, the categorists.com article actually once had this disclaimer on it:

APRIL FOOLS!

We’re sorry if this article had given arise to any concerns you may have had, but looking on the bright side, there probably will be a December 22nd. If not, we would all be very pissed to miss out on this years Christmas. And besides, if the world did end, you wouldn’t be able to come visit our nifty little website!

They did embellish the story by claiming to know these would be the highest powered experiments in the LHC yet. I haven’t found any evidence to support that idea yet.