“I’m telling you, he’s lost it.”
“The physicist. The one with the crazy eyes and the brushfire of beard.”
“Are you talking about Keith?”
“I don’t know his name, man. I just know he’s crazy. He wants to kill every last one of us.”
“Does this have anything to do the fact you watched The Shining last night?”
“I’m telling you. He means to murder us. If you want to know why—I think it’s the neutrinos. I think they passed through his brain. Made him crazy.”
“You know neutrinos pass through all of us? Like all the time.”
“You going to do something or not?”
“Okay, well it wouldn’t be the first time a cuber went mad during winterover. What exactly did Keith say?”
“It wasn’t what he said. It’s what he thought. I heard it. It came right through my skull—like radio waves, or those…whatchamacallits.”
In researching this story, I learned about the cubers, those hardy souls that endure six months of sunless skies and bottomless temperatures to overwinter in one of the most remote locations in the world. To learn more about the scientists, artists and other dedicated individuals who work at the IceCube South Pole Neutrino Observatory visit http://icecube.wisc.edu. Their weekly journal is fascinating: http://icecube.wisc.edu/news/current. Turns out watching The Shining is an overwinter tradition.
As always, thanks for reading!