Danny Breslin

How it is…

The Spin

The Earth is slowing down!

It appeared simultaneously on the front page of every newspaper all over the world. On every news channel and talk show on every television and radio: scientists predict…government officials confirm.

Astrophysicists scratched their heads: where did that come from? There was no evidence that the rotation of the planet was slowing. If it was one so-called expert publishing a paper then he would be laughed out of the science community, but it seems to be coming from all angles at once. Some of them did interviews rebuking the claims but their voices were not heard.

Before long anyone who argued the validity of these claims were called “Spin-Deniers”, doubt was cast on their right to call themselves scientists. How can they be when they can’t see the danger that is staring us all in the face? Conspiracy theorists – in other words crazies! Grants and funding began to be withdrawn as the Spin-Deniers were left out in the cold and publicly humiliated. Many toed the line after that.

In several countries new laws were passed; anyone denying the truth and refuting the hard facts about the Earth’s slowing could be liable to imprisonment without trial for an undetermined sentence. Nearly all toed the line after that.

The world held its breath as the President of the United States flanked by the Prime Minister of Great Britain, the Chancellor of Germany, the President of France and Secretary-General of the United Nations began the most viewed press conference in history:

“Yes, it has been confirmed by top scientists, the Earth is slowing on its axis at an alarming rate. It is without doubt the biggest threat to humanity that we have ever faced.

It has been calculated that if it continues to slow at this rate then an extinction level event is inevitable. Within 50 years the moon will become detached from our orbit. When that happens it could drift off into space leaving us with catastrophic weather events. Or it could collide with us ending all life on the planet.”

Someone at the back of the attending audience laughed in disbelief: “absolute nonsense” he cried, before being quietly led away by men in suits and radio receivers in one ear.

The President continued: “Within 60 years the atmosphere will dissipate completely and this planet will begin moving ever faster towards the sun.

There is hope though. To find a solution we need to understand the cause. The Earth is slowing down due to overpopulation at the equator creating drag. Now, if we were to move quickly to depopulate these areas we could avoid our destruction because the planet would speed up naturally to its former rate of revolutions.

The vacated areas will be reassigned as agricultural land and enough bio fuel can be produced to solve all our energy problems. The people themselves, who from now on will be referred to as “The Removed”, will be taken care of. They will initially be housed in specially designed staging camps in various locations around the world. There’s no need to worry about them because they will be there for a short time only before being re-located on a more… permanent basis. We hope this will be the final solution to that particular question.”


July 31, 2014 - Posted by | Short Stories | , , , ,


  1. Holy sh*t!
    But that’s just about how it happens – feed them a fear story to make them do what we want. Sigh.

    Comment by Alison and Don | July 31, 2014 | Reply

  2. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:

    Comment by Jonathan Caswell | July 31, 2014 | Reply

    • Thanks, and thanks for the reblog, I hope your readers enjoy it too.

      Comment by Danny Breslin | July 31, 2014 | Reply

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