Top Ten Ways to
Destroy the Earth
Condensed by Native Village
Destroying the Earth is harder than you may have been led to believe.
The Earth was built to last. It is a 4,550,000,000-year-old, 5,973,600,000,000,000,000,000-ton ball of iron. It has taken more devastating asteroid hits in its lifetime than you've had hot dinners, yet it still keeps orbiting.
Do not think this will be easy
10. TOTal existence failure
You will need: nothing
Method: No method. Simply sit back and twiddle your thumbs as, completely by chance, all 200,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000
atoms making up the planet Earth suddenly cease to exist.
9 Gobbled up by strangelets
You will need: a stable strangelet
Method: Control of the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider in Brookhaven National Laboratory to create and maintain a stable strangelet. Keep it stable until it absorbs the entire Earth into a mass of strange quarks.
Earth's final resting place: A huge glob of strange matter
8 Sucked into microscopic black hole.
You'll need a black hole with a mass roughly equal to that of Mount Everest.
Method: Place your black hole on Earth's surface and wait. The black hole will plummet through the ground and eat through earth's center to the other side. Then it will oscillate like a pendulum before coming to rest. All the while, it's consuming matter until the whole Earth is gone.
Earth's final resting place: At almost zero size, it will orbit the Sun as normal.
7 Blown up by matter / antimatter reaction
6 Destroyed by vacuum energy detonation
You will need: A light bulb
Method: Modern scientific theories suggest that some vacuums contain particles and antiparticles that constantly appear and annihilate each other. It also suggests that the space inside a light bulb contains enough vacuum energy to boil every ocean in the world. Extracting and harnessing this energy could destroy the Earth and probably the sun too.
Earth's final resting place: a rapidly expanding cloud of particles of varying size.
5 Sucked into a giant black hole
You will need: a black hole, extremely powerful rocket engines, and a large rocky planetary body.
Method: After locating your black hole, you need get it and the Earth together. There are two methods: moving Earth or moving the black hole. For best results, move both at once.
Earth's final resting place: Part of the mass of the black hole.
4 Meticulously and systematically deconstructed
You will need: A powerful mass driver, or ideally lots of them.
Method: Dig up the Earth, a big chunk at a time, and boost all 6 sextillion tons of it into orbit.
Other methods for boosting the material into space include loading extracted materials onto space shuttles or space elevators.
Earth's final resting place: Many tiny pieces, some dropped into the sun, the remainder scattered across the solar system.
3 Pulverized by impact with blunt instrument
You will need: a big heavy rock, something with a bit of a swing to it ... perhaps Mars.
Method: Find a really big asteroid or planet, accelerate it to a dazzling speed, and smash it into Earth. The result: an absolutely spectacular collision, resulting in Earth being pulverized out of existence
Earth's final resting place: a variety of roughly moon-sized chunks of rock scattered across the greater solar system.
2 Eaten by von Neumann machines
You will need: S single von Neumann machine.
Method: A von Neumann machine creates an exact copy of itself given nothing but the necessary raw materials. Release it under the Earth's crust and wait as it creates a second von Neumann machine. As the machine population keeps doubling, Earth will, be eaten up and turned into sextillions of machines.
Earth's final resting place: The bodies of the VNMs themselves, then a small lump of iron sinking into the sun.
1 Hurled into the Sun
You will need: Earthmoving equipment.
Method: Hurl the Earth into the sun. You don't actually have to hit the sun.
Earth's final resting place: A small globule of vaporized iron sinking slowly into the heart of the sun.