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Last updated on August 6th, 2017 at 06:31 am

There might be something to this global warming crap after all:

Scientists have taken the temperature of Earth’s innards, more than a thousand miles beneath the surface, and found that the mercury there soars to about 6,650 degrees Fahrenheit.

No wonder poor little Sarah Bishop’s feet are all blistered. The earth isn’t warm; it’s freakin’ hot!

From their measurements, the scientists estimate that about one-third of the heat that radiates from Earth’s surface into the atmosphere – estimated to be 42 terawatts a year – comes from our planet’s core.

Damn fool planet is trying to kill itself. Next on its heat-o-ramic hit list: the innocent Himalayas.

Posted by Tim B. on 04/01/2007 at 10:03 AM
    1. estimated to be 42 terawatts a year

      a watt is a joule per second. you can’t have “terawatts per year”, rates of change notwithstanding

      Posted by benson swears a lot on 2007 04 01 at 10:22 AM • permalink


    1. Sarah’s 22. That’s stil a reasonable excuse for being stupid, because your IQ rises as you get older. By the time Sarah’s 50 her IQ will have reached triple figures. Hopefully. Do you reckon?

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 04 01 at 10:24 AM • permalink


    1. Gore was right, the Earth does have a fever!

      Posted by PW on 2007 04 01 at 10:29 AM • permalink


    1. That wicked witch Gaia was right. She’s melting!

      Posted by Some0Seppo on 2007 04 01 at 10:32 AM • permalink


    1. Benson, the Yahoo! yahoo who “improved” the report inserted the “per year”. The original report at, reads as follows:

      Combined with a past study that estimated heat loss in an area beneath the Pacific Ocean, the research team suggests Earth’s total heat loss at the core-mantle boundary is about 7.5 to 15 terawatts, much higher than previous estimates. Global energy use by humans is about 13 terawatts.

      From their measurements, the scientists estimate that about one-third of the heat that radiates from Earth’s surface into the atmosphere—estimated to be 42 terawatts—comes from our planet’s core.

      Posted by ErnieG on 2007 04 01 at 10:43 AM • permalink


    1. Obviously, the solution to global warming is to schedule Al Gore’s next lecture at the bottom of a 100-mile-deep shaft.

      Then cap it.

      Posted by Dave S. on 2007 04 01 at 10:55 AM • permalink


    1. #5: thanks Ernie, you’re right – the article does seem to have been “edited” for “clarity” by yahoo.

      Posted by benson swears a lot on 2007 04 01 at 11:05 AM • permalink


    1. You’d think it would be terrawatts.

      Posted by rhhardin on 2007 04 01 at 11:26 AM • permalink


    1. Yeah?  Tell it to the layer of black ice on my deck that tried to kill me this past winter.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 04 01 at 02:40 PM • permalink


    1. If Sarah wants to lose those troublesome tootsies, maybe she can walk the Arctic next winter in February to prove how global warming is killing polar bears like Liv Arnesen?

      P.S. I thought terrawatts was the place in California where black ice comes from.

      Posted by andycanuck on 2007 04 01 at 03:44 PM • permalink


    1. Apologies to Benson, but well, wait a minute. According to the ever reliable wikipedia, the gross consumption of electrical power worldwide was 1.7 terawatts in 2001 (a year noted for shark attacks, along the east coast of america). And the earth is just leaking 42 TW a year?

      Let’s just dig a bill hole through, say, Saudi Arabia (the oil is chump change), and plug in!

      SUVs on the house, fellows.

      Wiki Article

      Posted by phred on 2007 04 01 at 03:57 PM • permalink


    1. Ooops. Reread wiki. 13.5 was worldwide consumption. Still, room to spare.

      Posted by phred on 2007 04 01 at 04:00 PM • permalink


    1. The woman’s an idiot. ‘Scientists’ and ‘fahrenheit’ don’t go in the same sentence. All scientists, even US ones, state temperatures in celsius.

      Posted by walterplinge on 2007 04 01 at 05:53 PM • permalink


    1. Perhaps Tim Flannery’s Utopia Geothermia will work?

      Posted by kae on 2007 04 01 at 06:02 PM • permalink


    1. So Sarah took more than two months to walk a bit over 1000 km?  That’s a bit slack.  Let’s say 65 days, that means about 16 km per day.

      I did the Global Corporate Challenge two years ago, and that involved wearing a pedometer and walking as much each day as possible over a couple of months.  Because I was walking to and from work, I was clocking up over 20km most days.

      I did not get blisters.

      I did not wear my shoes out (I am wearing them now).

      My clothes did not ball up under the armpits, but then again, I did wash daily.

      So I managed to walk further than she did each day, and still hold down a job that required 10 hours or so in the office per day.

      Part of the trick to avoiding blisters is to wear properly fitted shoes, and to do a bit of prior preparation to toughen the feet.  Prior preparation prevents piss poor performance.

      Typical leftie hysteria.  Woman walks 1000km at a pathetic daily rate and gets blisters. I would not call this an achievement of any note.

      Posted by mr creosote on 2007 04 01 at 06:28 PM • permalink


    1. We need to stop planetary rotation.  Geogyrotechnic forces are responsible for the the friction heating our planet’s core.  Spin and die.

      Posted by anthony_r on 2007 04 01 at 07:15 PM • permalink


    1. Say no to magma.

      Posted by anthony_r on 2007 04 01 at 07:16 PM • permalink


    1. Predicted Next Big Crisis: “All the carbon that was insulating us from the horror of global autowarmening has been pumped from its precious, irreplaceable oil-fields and stuffed into the atmo where it doesn’t belong.”

      Posted by wreckage on 2007 04 02 at 06:25 AM • permalink


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