Thursday, August 23, 2012

The mysterious BOOM

The night before last, about 10:30pm, I was reading on the couch when I heard a tremendous BOOM. The house shook, the windows rattled, the dog barked. Then silence. I jumped up and ran to the window, expecting to see burning airplane parts raining down upon the street. But nothing was there. No smoke, no fire. My neighbor also heard the BOOM, and she said it was accompanied by a flash of light. The next day I scoured the newspaper and the Internet. Had a gas main exploded? Meth lab? Meteor? I found nothing. It was as if the BOOM had never happened, or had happened only in the small pocket of atmosphere at the end of our street, a collection of wayward atoms conspiring to create a great disturbance, for no reason at all.

3 comments:

Jeevan said...

I have long suspected that supposedly non-sentient microscopic particles harbor a great capacity for senseless mischief.

Tai said...

Exactly! And on a daily basis, no? Particles Gone Wild. Whatever are we to do?

Known said...

Maybe it was a short-lived housing boom?