Who Cut The Cables?


The same people who pitted Seattle-area windshields in the spring of 1954.

Right now Techmeme is littered with people spinning wild theories on why “five undersea cables have been cut” in a short period of time.

Of course there have been some voices of reason as well.

It’s really worth spending some time reading the links above — particularly the comments — to see how people react when they receive a small piece of information that doesn’t fit into our every-day world-view.

Check out this digg thread for example:


This is fairly typical. A few people crying this must be a conspiracy and others wise cracking about “frickin’ sharks with frickin’ laser beams attached to their frickin’ heads” being the culprit.

Back in 2003 when SARS hit Toronto (in particular) causing mass hysteria, I posted a link to a great article about a bizarre rash of windshield pitting incidents in Seattle in 1954. For anyone getting caught up in the “cable cutting conspiracy”, this is a must read.