I realize that this is so silly that it is probably best ignored, but it is a good example of what people will do when they don't have any understanding of the science involved in a complex issue like global warming.
Hans Peter Niesward, from the Department of Gravitationsphysik at the ISA in Munich, says we can stop global warming in one fell swoop - or, more accurately, in one big jump.
The slightly disheveled professor states his case on WorldJumpDay.org, an Internet site created to recruit 600,000,000 people to jump simultaneously on July 20 at 11:39:13 GMT in an effort to shift Earth's position.
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."
There's something you should know about Hans Peter Niesward:
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 ¡ª may be best known for his work "Misshapen Pearl," described as a "phenomenological investigation of the streetlamp's function in our consumer society."
Though it seems to have been started almost as a joke it spread all over the world. There are even anti-jumpers who are afraid that changing the earth's orbit is dangerous.
The jump was yesterday. Did anyone notice? WorldJumpday.org is "calculating the results."