The people at Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) are fond of spotting “anomalies” in data and suggesting they may have detected global human consciousness acting in concert. I recently detected an anomaly in the site traffic for this blog, timed exactly at its birthday, February 3rd, as you can see from the following chart:
Could my sensors have detected the global joy and happiness experienced by the peoples of the world at this blog’s anniversary?
Actually, no. Just as PEAR are really just seeing shapes in the clouds, the blip in visitors on February 3rd was actually due to the excellent plugs for my anniversary post Why did the chicken cross the road? by Pharyngula and others. Thanks to all who linked that day and made it such a success. As it was obviously so popular, I have started collecting
victims contributors for my February 3rd 2007 post.