7.2 trillion degrees Fahrenheit: That's a smart idea!

7.2 trillion degrees Fahrenheit: That's a smart idea!

Think of the time it cuts down on baking!

With summer in full swing, and people like me already bitching about heat (I'm very sensitive), some crazy researchers decided it was time to break the record for the all-time hottest temperature ever recorded on earth. What was the new temperature they managed to bag? 7.2 trillion degrees Fahrenheit. You would have known that if you read the title silly.Yes, 7.2 trillion degrees Fahrenheit. That is 250,000 times hotter than the Sol's core (you know, Sol, the name of our sun..geeze don't they teach you kids anything anymore?!) All of this craziness took place at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York. How did they manage such an impressive and potentially mass extinction-ready temperature?  Pffft, that's simple. EVERYONE knows all you need to do is use your nearly two and a half mile long Collider and smash gold ions traveling at nearly the speed of light so you produce quark-gluon plasma. It's basic physics, really.

Sadly for all you doomsday device advocates, the high temperatures only lasted a few seconds and in a very, very small portion of space around the impact. However, it was enough to be recorded and won the researchers a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. Naturally, I normally support all forms of scientific discovery and advancement, but something about quark-gluon plasma and 7.2 trillion degrees just does not sit right with me. I mean seriously, at those temperatures, my Pop-Tarts would instantly vaporize THEN what will I have to snack on, huh? Answer that one, science!