Whiskerino 2009

CLAME means 'Click My Name.' If you see it, click that users name!

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  • posted: February 10 @ 10:03am
instead of leaving some dumb comment, do a paste of your clipboard in my comments; (CTRL-V for Windows, Command-V for Mac)


SoulGlo1976 says:
Posted: Feb 10th, 2010 - 10:06am -
mattyc says:
After Effects must have keyframes selected from one layer in order to export them as text.
Posted: Feb 10th, 2010 - 10:06am -
michaeljstraub says:

SoulGlo1976 says:
Zing Kidstatic and Carry On...
Posted: 10:05am

JamesC says:
that reinforces the whole idea of "when someone says actually, the next thing they say is usually a lie"
Posted: 10:04am

SoulGlo1976 says:
@JohnnyRebellious: I already had the Red Wall. It's in the room where the magic happens...with @kidstatic's momma. :)
Posted: 10:04am

JamesC says:
hahah first result: If anything, the command key is located in a slightly more convenient place on the keyboard so it is actually easier to copy and paste on a mac than on a .
Posted: 10:04am

JamesC says:
i love stuff like that
Posted: 10:03am

michaeljstraub says:
Posted: 10:03am

miguelito says:
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JamesC says:
the amount of time it took you to write that you could have just said "yes you're right, oh master"
Posted: 10:03am

JamesC says:
hahaha nice
Posted: 10:02am

michaeljstraub says:
look it up asshat
Posted: 10:02am

JamesC says:
hey for the macfags, how do you paste your clipboard? what's teh keyboard shortcut? command-V ???
Posted: 10:01am

pcain says:
Im a @kidstatic fan too
Posted: 10:00am

pcain says:
matheson is great... he wrote a bunch of twilight zone :)
Posted: 10:00am

mOtke says:
and that @kidstatic made some $. I'm a big @kidstatic fan.
Posted: 9:59am

mOtke says:
@pcain I can see that. I saw the film first, so I had no point of reference. I pretend they were totally different, then I'm just glad that Richard Matheson made some $.
Posted: 9:59am

JamesC says:
ok time to upload early
Posted: 9:58am

pcain says:
@motke @kidstatic different enough to warrant a name change if you ask me. (so sci-fi fan boys would not get upset. like me)
Posted: 9:57am

mattyc says:
@burney that's pretty awesome. I type @names all the time not on the website.
Posted: 9:55am

BURNEY says:
Whiskerino Hazard of the day: I was searching for e-mails from Editors tour manager. His name is Maccum... at any rate.. I typed in Mackle and stared at the screen for a good minute wondering why nothing came up
Posted: 9:53am

Andrew says:
very different is an understatement
Posted: 9:53am

mOtke says:
@pcain @kidstatic was in I am Legend.

I read the book and saw the film. Very different, but both good in their own place.
Posted: 9:50am

pcain says:
@kidstatic you own warner brothers stock or something?
Posted: 9:48am

pcain says:
I mean, I guess its not his fault he is just getting a fat paycheck... but whoever adapted that should be shot.
Posted: 9:47am

mattyc says:
if you guys have seen "where the wild things are" you should check out @KChance's photo. it's pretty funny.
Posted: 9:47am

kidstatic says:
you shut your face. i am legend is an amazing movie that everyone should buy and order on pay per view for all their friends.
Posted: 9:47am

pcain says:
well, will smith is pretty good at screwing up great source material... like I am legend is an amazing book. horrible film.
Posted: 9:46am

kidstatic says:
or liam neeson is gonna remake machine girl.
Posted: 9:45am

Johnny Rebellious says:
@pcain, i've never seen it, but all american remakes of movies are terrible. TERRIBLE
Posted: 9:45am

pcain says:
Posted: 9:44am

kidstatic says:
next thing you know brad pitt is gonna remake Visitor Q
Posted: 9:44am

JamesC says:
is this "comic" chat?
Posted: 9:44am

kidstatic says:
WHAT?!?! why would they do that? OLD BOY is a masterpiece
Posted: 9:44am

Andrew says:
good lord. I can imagine him eating the octopus
Posted: 9:43am

pcain says:
I dont know if you guys have seen oldboy but will smith is going to be in the remake of that and totally screw it up. I think spielberg is slated to direct too. going to ruin a great movie
Posted: 9:42am

pcain says:
@kidstatic no joke hahahah
Posted: 9:41am

kidstatic says:
so many things about the trailer, my god, its so bad.
Posted: 9:41am

kidstatic says:
and thats not karate, thats kung-fu.
Posted: 9:41am

pcain says:
Ill go see it... but I watch movies like a baby goes through diapers.
Posted: 9:41am

kidstatic says:
@mattmarch as soon as there was hip hop in the trailer it killed it for me.
Posted: 9:41am

ߟ says:
@pcain not gonna lie, i wanna see that.
Posted: 9:40am

kidstatic says:
mornin @pcain, im waiting to leave for the airport.
Posted: 9:39am

JamesC says:
Comic Sans?
Posted: 9:39am

kidstatic says:
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kidstatic says:
thats what they called your mom in prison.
Posted: 9:39am

JamesC says:
i didn't want to talk to no more either, especially after the whole thing about the roast beef
Posted: 9:38am

kidstatic says:
i dont want to talk to you anymore either.
Posted: 9:38am

mattyc says:
@kidstatic maybe it's a typo. she was saying
she liked comics and....but flubbed it.
Posted: 9:38am

JamesC says:
@kidstatic i like how it's all curvy and round
Posted: 9:38am

pcain says:
morning @kidstatic
Posted: 9:38am

mattyc says:
maddysea is my murmaid name @jermyokai
Posted: 9:37am

kidstatic says:
hi beards.
Posted: 9:37am

kidstatic says:
this girl messaged me on okcupid.com and she was kind of cute. then in her profile it said she liked comic sans and i didnt want to talk to her anymore.

Posted: 9:37am

jeremyokai says:
thats @maddysea
Posted: 9:36am

mattyc says:
then @jaremyokai wins KB. He's Got my vote.
Posted: 9:35am

mattyc says:
jamec just got busted at work with beard porn.
Posted: 9:35am

jeremyokai says:
What is Mackle doesn't post today guys? What happens then? I'm worried that this will all for nothing.
Posted: 9:35am

pcain says:
dont you love remakes? (clame)
Posted: 9:34am

JamesC says:
Betty White on the toilet
Posted: 9:31am

miguelito says:
i feed off other people's descriptions of things. so if you speak it/write it, i can imagine it.
Posted: 9:31am

miguelito says:
i haven't... i have base knowledge and an open book. except @LG3 is a Whale Fail.
Posted: 9:30am

Posted: Feb 10th, 2010 - 10:06am -
Katie says:
It was totally not family friendly.
Posted: Feb 10th, 2010 - 10:07am -
Daniel says:
“I’d rather attempt something great and fail than to attempt nothing
and succeed”.
Posted: Feb 10th, 2010 - 10:07am -
ThatGuy says:
I'm ignoring your caption because I can.

That mogwai clip is INCREDIBLE. I love them.
Posted: Feb 10th, 2010 - 10:09am -
Davis says:

(i'm completely self-centered.)
Posted: Feb 10th, 2010 - 10:09am -
miguelito says:
CAT MUG! meow
Posted: Feb 10th, 2010 - 10:09am -
Twisted Sistare says:

my clipboard had this awful youtube link in it.

[this was a video i was sending to someone to make fun of this girl]
Posted: Feb 10th, 2010 - 10:09am -
HiImTerry says:
My clipboard is empty. I'd come back later when I know something is there, but that would ruin the surprise for me. I'd rather be surprised.
Posted: Feb 10th, 2010 - 10:09am -
cary norton says:
@nohellno they still freak my shit out, don't worry. and also i trust my dad and granddad implicitly, so they cant ALL be bad
Posted: Feb 10th, 2010 - 10:11am -
revgoomba says:
You slagging my sketch or do you honestly think his head is round?
Posted: Feb 10th, 2010 - 10:11am -
yourfavorite says:
Redirect To: /gallery/racing-photo/
Posted: Feb 10th, 2010 - 10:17am -
McDooDoo says:
@twistedsistare: That was like a train wreck. I couldn't stop watching. I especially liked the occasional addition of the pirate hat and the overuse of the word "sometimes" in her lyrics.
Posted: Feb 10th, 2010 - 10:19am -
McDooDoo says:
Sorry, @jamesc, my clipboard contents are a link, so CLAME.
Posted: Feb 10th, 2010 - 10:21am -
pcain says:

in my clipboard was clame... its a picture I was sending to a friend... and now, because of @jamesc , Im sending it to all of you.

p.s. @kidstatic I'm sorry I was dogging a movie you where in.
Posted: Feb 10th, 2010 - 10:25am -
Andrew says:
the snapshot development treats signed and held and signed orders the same. This is because the snapshot development was intended for LPG 46165
Posted: Feb 10th, 2010 - 10:25am -
Johnny Rebellious says:
I'm not gonna listen to you... 'cuz, y'know, that's my style.
Posted: Feb 10th, 2010 - 10:28am -
Johnny Rebellious says:
Instead, I'll fart in your coffee.
Posted: Feb 10th, 2010 - 10:29am -
mackle says:
booo.. my clipboard is all javascript which I can't paste! I'M LAME
Posted: Feb 10th, 2010 - 10:38am -
mackle says:
the new text on that image is incredible. favorited. love it.
Posted: Feb 10th, 2010 - 10:39am -
Pastor D Fizz says:
28% of parents said their own teenager had gotten or given a hickey. In reality, 73% of students said they had
25% of parents said their own teenager had watched an X-rated movie. In reality, 65% of teenagers said they had.
10% of parents said their own teenager had received oral sex. In reality, 61% of students had.
26% of parents said their teenager has had sexual intercourse. In reality, 55% of students said they had.
Posted: Feb 10th, 2010 - 10:42am -
XscatteredshowersX says:

Sent at 12:03
Posted: Feb 10th, 2010 - 10:47am -
wondermade says:
Clame for my clipboard
Posted: Feb 10th, 2010 - 10:55am -
jmathiasxiii says:
#sweep-collect input#sweep-btn
Posted: Feb 10th, 2010 - 11:13am -
hankbobs says:
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Posted: Feb 10th, 2010 - 11:21am -
Ula O cealleigh says:
Posted: Feb 10th, 2010 - 11:24am -
Ula O cealleigh says:
mine says vanbert. i wonder if its a sign that he is the king? :)
if so i must come to terms with it.. :O
Posted: Feb 10th, 2010 - 11:24am -
Ula O cealleigh says:
worlds roundest head? lol haha
Posted: Feb 10th, 2010 - 11:25am -
EdwardTeach says:
Colbert: "Sarah Palin Is A F--king Retard" (VIDEO) »
February 9, 2010 at 03:35 PM

Using Sarah Palin's defense of Rush Limbaugh against her, last night Stephen Colbert proudly pronounced that "Sarah Palin is a f--king retard."
Posted: Feb 10th, 2010 - 11:32am -
emsiizilla says:
Drew - Explanation of Key Issues
M.C. - Key Players
Ashley - Key Facts
Kelsey - Role of the Media
Posted: Feb 10th, 2010 - 11:42am -
emsiizilla says:
Group project for Agricultural Communications.
Posted: Feb 10th, 2010 - 11:43am -
JamesC says:
@emsiizilla is that like when the cow complains about being tipped? you guys can talk to cows?
Posted: Feb 10th, 2010 - 11:46am -
EdwardTeach says:
Posted: Feb 10th, 2010 - 11:48am -
Matthew_Moore says:
taco tramp stamp is the 2nd best idea i'v ever had. First best was giving my buddy a chesthair mohawk.
Posted: Feb 10th, 2010 - 11:51am -
emsiizilla says:
@jamesc, it has to do with public relations and stuff in the Agricultural community.

My major is Hospitality & Restaurant Management, which happens to be located in the School of Human Environmental Sciences (Home Ec), which is filed under the Dale Bumpers College of Agriculture (for whatever reason).

Anyway, this Ag Comm class is required for graduation, even though I have no idea how it will attribute to my opening a bakery.
Posted: Feb 10th, 2010 - 11:57am -
emsiizilla says:
Also...do you think cows would actually have something interesting to say?
Posted: Feb 10th, 2010 - 11:57am -
julialikesbeards says:
Posted: Feb 10th, 2010 - 1:06pm -
mattyc says:
taco tramp stamp is the 2nd best idea i'v ever had. First best was giving my buddy a chesthair mohawk.
Posted: Feb 10th, 2010 - 1:16pm -
pcain says:
Poop (to do it, the verbs)
air out the anus (contributed by Neonpax)
air out the ass (contributed by Neonpax)
arc one out
ass sneezing (contributed by CaptnHowdy669)
awk one's pants (contributed by Ranbonyinger)
back the big brown caddy out of the garage (contributed by JERGENISDEAD)
ba-doop (from the sound of a turd striking the water)
bajsa (Swedish)
bake brownies (contributed by ShutUrMouth)
big jobby (contributed by "concerned about crap")
bite a train (contributed by THUMBTAKKHEAD)
blast a dookie (invented by Sonicpat and contributed by Stairmaster33)
blast the pinworm cannon (contributed by drwho)
bloop (from the sound it makes hitting the water - contributed by Mary S.)
blow some mud
bob for apples (contributed by Neonpax)
buang air besar (Malay, lit.: "to throw big water")
build a log cabin
burners (poop that burns after eating spicy food - contributed by torrance crump)
bury cable (contribted by Dave R.)
bust a crumpy (contributed by Megaera)
bust a grumpy (contributed by HottNikkels54)
bust a dook (contributed by Nrdbmber)
bust a shit (contributed by SpRyOko700)
bust ass (contributed by STFALCONS)
cagando (Mexican Spanish - contributed by Brandon P.)
call one's uncle
christen the comfort station (contributed by Silky)
chuck the football (contributed by Neonpax)
clean one's colon (contributed by Big Will)
clear the air
clip a biscuit (contributed by Melissa R.)
cocken (Yiddish)
cook some beans (contributed by THUMBTAKKHEAD)
cop a shit
cut off a load (contributed by Bigbear1289)
desecrate the throne room
dirty one's diaper (contributed by Tommie)
dispatch a Yankee (contributed by THUMBTAKKHEAD)
dive bomb
do a dog
do business with John (contributed by popothepoop)
doodle (contributed by Tommie)
do one's daily duty (or doody)
do one's dirt
do poopsie
do some paperwork (contributed by Trevor (tdog2222) and the Henderson, Nevada Foothill CrossCountry team)
do the backdoor trot (contributed by Tommie)
do the doo (contributed by Big Will)
down the periscope (contributed by Neonpax)
down the proctoscope (contributed by Megaera)
download 5MB (or 10MB for a larger poop) (contributed by Mitch of California)
drop a bomb (contributed by Tommie and by TrollForce Programming Team)
drop a brick (contributed by LUGZONU)
drop a chalupa (contributed by Beacher)
drop a deuce (contributed by Skiba)
drop a fat load (contributed by THUMBTAKKHEAD)
drop a load
drop an atomic bomb (contributed by Lauren)
drop a nuke (contributed by ArchDelux46)
drop ass goblins (contributed by CaptnHowdy669)
drop a stinky log (contributed by Greg I.L.)
drop a wad in the porcelain god
drop doo-doo depth charges (contributed by Bill B. of Philly)
drop musTURD gas (contributed by Bill B. of Philly)
drop one from the poop deck (contributed by Lauren)
drop one's wax
drop some bait
drop some friends off at the lake (contributed by Cardicum)
drop the kids off at the pool (contributed by Shmoozie2 and JKOTE1)
drown a mud bunny (contributed by church)
dump a dead grandma (contributed by THUMBTAKKHEAD)
dump a load
dump truck (contributed by AllyBallyGirl)
ease nature
een drol draaien (Dutch)
eject a round brown disc (contributed by TrollForce Programming Team)
empty the manure spreader
empty the poop shoot (contributed by IVIaDmAn)
evacuate one's bowels
excrete fecal matter (contributed by Neonpax)
expel (contributed by Tommie)
expunge (contributed by Tommie)
feed the dog
feed the goldfish
fill the pot (contributed by Mary S.)
fire rear thrusters (contributed by Bill B. of Philly)
float a log (contributed by Tommie)
flunk a dunk (contributed by Claudia O.)
free the chickens from the coop (contributed by ShaftyBL0W)
free the legless dog to sea (contributed by CaptnHowdy669)
frisbee a bun fudge (contributed by THUMBTAKKHEAD)
frog a log (contributed by Karl P.)
gagas (contributed by THUMBTAKKHEAD)
get a burning desire to sit on porcelain
give birth to a black eel (contributed by CaptnHowdy669)
give birth to a food baby (contributed by Floyd of California)
give birth to a marine
give birth to a VB programmer (contributed by Badabing)
give birth to submarines
give of oneself
give sacrifice to the porcelain god (contributed by Eric P.)
go backwards
go clip a yam (contributed by Alicia of Irvine, CA)
go cocky
go for a Tom Tit (Cockney)
go grunt
go number 2 (contributed by Cardicum)
go pop
go stinky
go to bog
go to the library
grow a tail (contributed by JBridgeE)
grump (contributed by Sawa)
grunt (contributed by Tommie)
hang a rat (contributed by Red)
have a bowel movement
have a turtle head poke out (contributed by CaptnHowdy669)
have some fun (contributed by THUMBTAKKHEAD)
help out Dunkin' Donuts (contributed by KingofDucks)
hit the can
honey dip
jakksy (Polish - contributed by THUMBTAKKHEAD)
jumpers away (contributed by Lowing9763)
kakat (Russian - contributed by Gray)
kaknel (Armenian - contributed by PorschFrk)
kill a dead eagle (contributed by THUMBTAKKHEAD)
launch a log (contributed by Big Will)
launch a sub (contributed by Kuestiq)
lay a brown egg (contributed by TrollForce Programming Team)
lay a deuce (contributed by xxfredxx)
lay bricks (contributed by CaptnHowdy669)
lay cable (contributed by Mary S.)
lay pipe (contributed by CHZS1219)
lay a turd
lay some sledge (contributed by LUGZONU)
leave a deposit
leave a shit
let a brown snake out of the cave (contributed by TrollForce Programming Team)
let out the pooch (contributed by dean)
let the dogs loose (contributed by THUMBTAKKHEAD)
let the firetrucks loose (contributed by THUMBTAKKHEAD)
lose a farting contest
lose ten pounds in one minute
make a caca (contributed by Cardicum)
make a chocolate hamburger (contributed by WD714)
make a deposit in the drop box (contributed by Nrdbmber)
make a deposit in the porcelain bank (contributed by Mgobluefan)
make a house (contributed by CaptnHowdy669)
make a little junk (contributed by SurfWithCowz)
make a loaf
make a pass (as in drag racing - contributed by Jake)
make everything come out all right
make poopie
make room (contributed by Beij B.)
make the donuts (contributed by KingofDucks)
make the people in the apartment below scream in agony (contributed by Jammanz1)
man the deck (contributed by Cheetah)
mold an action figure (contributed by SpongeBob)
move the mail (contributed by Jill W.)
murder a mud bunny (contributed by Cameron A., Brisbaine, Australia)
murder a shit (contributed by Cameron A., Brisbaine, Australia)
park a load
pass the ass bass (contributed by Beij. B)
pay a visit to the old soldier's home
pay one's doctor bill
pinch a loaf
piss backwards
pitch a log (contributed by Claudia O.)
plant potatoes
plop a load
plunk (contributed by Tracy W.)
poot (contributed by Cello6909)
press a loaf
purp (contributed by BecK98MjR)
push brown (contributed by Cheetah)
recycle some cellulose
refill the bowl with chili (contributed by ML CAR AUDIO)
release the chocolate hostage (contributed by Smithy of Australia)
relieve oneself
relieve the bowels
revolve the beavers (contributed by THUMBTAKKHEAD)
ride the porcelain pony
scheissen (German - contributed by Gray)
send a fax (contributed by lin)
send a log to float (contributed by CaptnHowdy669)
send some sailors to sea (contributed by Lowing9763)
shake one's grates (contributed by Melissa R.)
shit (contributed by Gray)
shoot ("George Carlin says that shoot is shit with two o's" - contributed by Tommie)
shoot a dog
shoot bunnies (contributed by James Y., Alabama)
shump (contributed by Sagoria23)
sink submarines
sit on the crapper (contributed by ShaftyBL0W)
sit on the throne
sit on the throne of porcelain (contributed by CaptnHowdy669)
skita (Swedish)
smell up the house with horrible turd fumes (contributed by Jammanz1)
smoke a brown dooby (contributed by Neonpax)
soil one's pants
sparkle (contributed by Dazed)
spend a penny (British)
spike a bird's nose (contributed by THUMBTAKKHEAD)
sprout a tail (contributed by CoreyW66)
squat and push (contributed by popothepoop)
squeeze a fresh slurpy (contributed by THUMBTAKKHEAD)
step into the office (for adults who spend an excessive time in the bathroom at work - contributed by Jake)
stinky doop (contributed by Trevor (tdog2222) and the Henderson, Nevada Foothill CrossCountry team)
stock the pond with some brown trout (contributed by TULLSPRING)
take a crap
take a digi (contributed by Kralltown)
take a duke (contributed by Whrlaway41)
take a dump
take a good crap
take a lovely (contributed by Dwheeler4jesus)
take a plane crash - no survivors (contributed by Preston G.)
take a plumper (contributed by J78CHEEKS)
take a rest (contributed by Cardicum)
take a shit
take a snap (contributed by Cameron A., Brisbaine, Australia)
take care of one's business
take the Browns to the Super Bowl (contributed by Floyd of California)
take the mains offline and eject the warp coil (contributed by Paul S.)
talk to a man about a horse (contributed by Aussie)
throw a chip (contributed by RadBrit)
torque a wicked cable (from Final Destination - contributed by Catman1229, ICQ 60092705)
trash the hash (contributed by Neonpax)
unhitch a load
visit Mr. Hanky (contributed by SurfWithCowz)
visit the chamber of commerce
void one's bowels
wash the walls (contributed by Silky)
william shattnering (contributed by nic and friends)
work on a grunt sculpture (contributed by Chris B.)
yell at Mrs. Johnson (contributed by THUMBTAKKHEAD)
Posted: Feb 10th, 2010 - 2:30pm -
Gavin says:
the unfortunate subject of rent increase

Wednesday, February 10, 2010 1:34 PM
Posted: Feb 10th, 2010 - 5:17pm -
Ozzy Nelson says:
1999 CHRYSLER CONCORDE 2.7L 2700cc 167cid V6 FI (R) [EER] : Heat & Air Conditioning : Heater Core
Posted: Feb 10th, 2010 - 6:19pm -
Ozzy Nelson says:
I can not top what is on @pcain's clipboard
Posted: Feb 10th, 2010 - 6:20pm -
damnweather says:
[it didn't work because it was a URL]
Posted: Feb 10th, 2010 - 6:20pm -
XscatteredshowersX says:
Posted: Feb 10th, 2010 - 9:23pm -
Ned Kelly says:
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Posted: Feb 10th, 2010 - 9:48pm -
mackle says:
you have received the best comments in the history of whiskerino today
Posted: Feb 10th, 2010 - 11:10pm -
mattyc says:
CONGRATS ON THE KB dude, Glad you finally got Honored.
Posted: Feb 11th, 2010 - 2:03am -
mattyc says:
by the way that was on my clipboard. I'm hitting everyone with that message while i wait for our awesome video to upload for you and @yourfavorite.
Posted: Feb 11th, 2010 - 2:03am -
mynameisjason says:
DRIVING through the countryside south of Hanover, it would be easy to miss the GEO600 experiment. From the outside, it doesn't look much: in the corner of a field stands an assortment of boxy temporary buildings, from which two long trenches emerge, at a right angle to each other, covered with corrugated iron. Underneath the metal sheets, however, lies a detector that stretches for 600 metres.

For the past seven years, this German set-up has been looking for gravitational waves - ripples in space-time thrown off by super-dense astronomical objects such as neutron stars and black holes. GEO600 has not detected any gravitational waves so far, but it might inadvertently have made the most important discovery in physics for half a century.

For many months, the GEO600 team-members had been scratching their heads over inexplicable noise that is plaguing their giant detector. Then, out of the blue, a researcher approached them with an explanation. In fact, he had even predicted the noise before he knew they were detecting it. According to Craig Hogan, a physicist at the Fermilab particle physics lab in Batavia, Illinois, GEO600 has stumbled upon the fundamental limit of space-time - the point where space-time stops behaving like the smooth continuum Einstein described and instead dissolves into "grains", just as a newspaper photograph dissolves into dots as you zoom in. "It looks like GEO600 is being buffeted by the microscopic quantum convulsions of space-time," says Hogan.

If this doesn't blow your socks off, then Hogan, who has just been appointed director of Fermilab's Center for Particle Astrophysics, has an even bigger shock in store: "If the GEO600 result is what I suspect it is, then we are all living in a giant cosmic hologram."

The idea that we live in a hologram probably sounds absurd, but it is a natural extension of our best understanding of black holes, and something with a pretty firm theoretical footing. It has also been surprisingly helpful for physicists wrestling with theories of how the universe works at its most fundamental level.

The holograms you find on credit cards and banknotes are etched on two-dimensional plastic films. When light bounces off them, it recreates the appearance of a 3D image. In the 1990s physicists Leonard Susskind and Nobel prizewinner Gerard 't Hooft suggested that the same principle might apply to the universe as a whole. Our everyday experience might itself be a holographic projection of physical processes that take place on a distant, 2D surface.

The "holographic principle" challenges our sensibilities. It seems hard to believe that you woke up, brushed your teeth and are reading this article because of something happening on the boundary of the universe. No one knows what it would mean for us if we really do live in a hologram, yet theorists have good reasons to believe that many aspects of the holographic principle are true.

Susskind and 't Hooft's remarkable idea was motivated by ground-breaking work on black holes by Jacob Bekenstein of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel and Stephen Hawking at the University of Cambridge. In the mid-1970s, Hawking showed that black holes are in fact not entirely "black" but instead slowly emit radiation, which causes them to evaporate and eventually disappear. This poses a puzzle, because Hawking radiation does not convey any information about the interior of a black hole. When the black hole has gone, all the information about the star that collapsed to form the black hole has vanished, which contradicts the widely affirmed principle that information cannot be destroyed. This is known as the black hole information paradox.

Bekenstein's work provided an important clue in resolving the paradox. He discovered that a black hole's entropy - which is synonymous with its information content - is proportional to the surface area of its event horizon. This is the theoretical surface that cloaks the black hole and marks the point of no return for infalling matter or light. Theorists have since shown that microscopic quantum ripples at the event horizon can encode the information inside the black hole, so there is no mysterious information loss as the black hole evaporates.

Crucially, this provides a deep physical insight: the 3D information about a precursor star can be completely encoded in the 2D horizon of the subsequent black hole - not unlike the 3D image of an object being encoded in a 2D hologram. Susskind and 't Hooft extended the insight to the universe as a whole on the basis that the cosmos has a horizon too - the boundary from beyond which light has not had time to reach us in the 13.7-billion-year lifespan of the universe. What's more, work by several string theorists, most notably Juan Maldacena at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, has confirmed that the idea is on the right track. He showed that the physics inside a hypothetical universe with five dimensions and shaped like a Pringle is the same as the physics taking place on the four-dimensional boundary.

According to Hogan, the holographic principle radically changes our picture of space-time. Theoretical physicists have long believed that quantum effects will cause space-time to convulse wildly on the tiniest scales. At this magnification, the fabric of space-time becomes grainy and is ultimately made of tiny units rather like pixels, but a hundred billion billion times smaller than a proton. This distance is known as the Planck length, a mere 10-35 metres. The Planck length is far beyond the reach of any conceivable experiment, so nobody dared dream that the graininess of space-time might be discernable.

That is, not until Hogan realised that the holographic principle changes everything. If space-time is a grainy hologram, then you can think of the universe as a sphere whose outer surface is papered in Planck length-sized squares, each containing one bit of information. The holographic principle says that the amount of information papering the outside must match the number of bits contained inside the volume of the universe.

Since the volume of the spherical universe is much bigger than its outer surface, how could this be true? Hogan realised that in order to have the same number of bits inside the universe as on the boundary, the world inside must be made up of grains bigger than the Planck length. "Or, to put it another way, a holographic universe is blurry," says Hogan.

This is good news for anyone trying to probe the smallest unit of space-time. "Contrary to all expectations, it brings its microscopic quantum structure within reach of current experiments," says Hogan. So while the Planck length is too small for experiments to detect, the holographic "projection" of that graininess could be much, much larger, at around 10-16 metres. "If you lived inside a hologram, you could tell by measuring the blurring," he says.

When Hogan first realised this, he wondered if any experiment might be able to detect the holographic blurriness of space-time. That's where GEO600 comes in.

Gravitational wave detectors like GEO600 are essentially fantastically sensitive rulers. The idea is that if a gravitational wave passes through GEO600, it will alternately stretch space in one direction and squeeze it in another. To measure this, the GEO600 team fires a single laser through a half-silvered mirror called a beam splitter. This divides the light into two beams, which pass down the instrument's 600-metre perpendicular arms and bounce back again. The returning light beams merge together at the beam splitter and create an interference pattern of light and dark regions where the light waves either cancel out or reinforce each other. Any shift in the position of those regions tells you that the relative lengths of the arms has changed.

"The key thing is that such experiments are sensitive to changes in the length of the rulers that are far smaller than the diameter of a proton," says Hogan.

So would they be able to detect a holographic projection of grainy space-time? Of the five gravitational wave detectors around the world, Hogan realised that the Anglo-German GEO600 experiment ought to be the most sensitive to what he had in mind. He predicted that if the experiment's beam splitter is buffeted by the quantum convulsions of space-time, this will show up in its measurements (Physical Review D, vol 77, p 104031). "This random jitter would cause noise in the laser light signal," says Hogan.

In June he sent his prediction to the GEO600 team. "Incredibly, I discovered that the experiment was picking up unexpected noise," says Hogan. GEO600's principal investigator Karsten Danzmann of the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam, Germany, and also the University of Hanover, admits that the excess noise, with frequencies of between 300 and 1500 hertz, had been bothering the team for a long time. He replied to Hogan and sent him a plot of the noise. "It looked exactly the same as my prediction," says Hogan. "It was as if the beam splitter had an extra sideways jitter."

Incredibly, the experiment was picking up unexpected noise - as if quantum convulsions were causing an extra sideways jitter
No one - including Hogan - is yet claiming that GEO600 has found evidence that we live in a holographic universe. It is far too soon to say. "There could still be a mundane source of the noise," Hogan admits.

Gravitational-wave detectors are extremely sensitive, so those who operate them have to work harder than most to rule out noise. They have to take into account passing clouds, distant traffic, seismological rumbles and many, many other sources that could mask a real signal. "The daily business of improving the sensitivity of these experiments always throws up some excess noise," says Danzmann. "We work to identify its cause, get rid of it and tackle the next source of excess noise." At present there are no clear candidate sources for the noise GEO600 is experiencing. "In this respect I would consider the present situation unpleasant, but not really worrying."

For a while, the GEO600 team thought the noise Hogan was interested in was caused by fluctuations in temperature across the beam splitter. However, the team worked out that this could account for only one-third of the noise at most.

Danzmann says several planned upgrades should improve the sensitivity of GEO600 and eliminate some possible experimental sources of excess noise. "If the noise remains where it is now after these measures, then we have to think again," he says.

If GEO600 really has discovered holographic noise from quantum convulsions of space-time, then it presents a double-edged sword for gravitational wave researchers. One on hand, the noise will handicap their attempts to detect gravitational waves. On the other, it could represent an even more fundamental discovery.

Such a situation would not be unprecedented in physics. Giant detectors built to look for a hypothetical form of radioactivity in which protons decay never found such a thing. Instead, they discovered that neutrinos can change from one type into another - arguably more important because it could tell us how the universe came to be filled with matter and not antimatter (New Scientist, 12 April 2008, p 26).

It would be ironic if an instrument built to detect something as vast as astrophysical sources of gravitational waves inadvertently detected the minuscule graininess of space-time. "Speaking as a fundamental physicist, I see discovering holographic noise as far more interesting," says Hogan.

Small price to pay

Despite the fact that if Hogan is right, and holographic noise will spoil GEO600's ability to detect gravitational waves, Danzmann is upbeat. "Even if it limits GEO600's sensitivity in some frequency range, it would be a price we would be happy to pay in return for the first detection of the graininess of space-time." he says. "You bet we would be pleased. It would be one of the most remarkable discoveries in a long time."

However Danzmann is cautious about Hogan's proposal and believes more theoretical work needs to be done. "It's intriguing," he says. "But it's not really a theory yet, more just an idea." Like many others, Danzmann agrees it is too early to make any definitive claims. "Let's wait and see," he says. "We think it's at least a year too early to get excited."

The longer the puzzle remains, however, the stronger the motivation becomes to build a dedicated instrument to probe holographic noise. John Cramer of the University of Washington in Seattle agrees. It was a "lucky accident" that Hogan's predictions could be connected to the GEO600 experiment, he says. "It seems clear that much better experimental investigations could be mounted if they were focused specifically on the measurement and characterisation of holographic noise and related phenomena."

One possibility, according to Hogan, would be to use a device called an atom interferometer. These operate using the same principle as laser-based detectors but use beams made of ultracold atoms rather than laser light. Because atoms can behave as waves with a much smaller wavelength than light, atom interferometers are significantly smaller and therefore cheaper to build than their gravitational-wave-detector counterparts.

So what would it mean it if holographic noise has been found? Cramer likens it to the discovery of unexpected noise by an antenna at Bell Labs in New Jersey in 1964. That noise turned out to be the cosmic microwave background, the afterglow of the big bang fireball. "Not only did it earn Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson a Nobel prize, but it confirmed the big bang and opened up a whole field of cosmology," says Cramer.

Hogan is more specific. "Forget Quantum of Solace, we would have directly observed the quantum of time," says Hogan. "It's the smallest possible interval of time - the Planck length divided by the speed of light."

More importantly, confirming the holographic principle would be a big help to researchers trying to unite quantum mechanics and Einstein's theory of gravity. Today the most popular approach to quantum gravity is string theory, which researchers hope could describe happenings in the universe at the most fundamental level. But it is not the only show in town. "Holographic space-time is used in certain approaches to quantising gravity that have a strong connection to string theory," says Cramer. "Consequently, some quantum gravity theories might be falsified and others reinforced."

Hogan agrees that if the holographic principle is confirmed, it rules out all approaches to quantum gravity that do not incorporate the holographic principle. Conversely, it would be a boost for those that do - including some derived from string theory and something called matrix theory. "Ultimately, we may have our first indication of how space-time emerges out of quantum theory." As serendipitous discoveries go, it's hard to get more ground-breaking than that.
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