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Qatar World Cup 2022: More in common with Mr. Burns than anyone thought?

Yesterday, the BBC ran an article describing a new tactic of Qatar’s World Cup 2022 committee to mitigate some of the criticisms the event is already feeling. When FIFA awarded Qatar with the 2022 World Cup, the world’s football community was quick to point out some serious qualms. Some of these included the tiny size of the country, the fact that almost none of the infrastructure needed to host the event currently exists, the weakness of Qatar’s national team which will get an automatic bid, and the volatile state of the Middle East. One of the biggest concerns though, has been the fact that temperatures in the summer months (the time of the year that the World Cup is hosted) have been known to reach 50 degrees Celsius!

In response to this, some Qatar thinkers have asked: what would work better to maintain the open atmosphere of a football stadium while controlling the air temperature better than Artificial Clouds??

Saud Abdul Ghani, head of Qatar University’s Industrial Engineering School, is proposing the use of massive Artificial Could machines to provide shade for entire stadiums. These floating behemoths will be constructed of carbon fiber, filled with helium gas, and will be held in position by four solar powered turbines.

It is a pretty innovative idea that could lead the way for more advancement in this area for the sporting world. The price tag of $500,000 may seem a little steep, but considering the fact that the costs could easily be covered when the bottom sides of the cloud machines are sold as some of the world’s largest advertising billboards, it seems like a viable investment.

I only have one real concern with these sun-blocking Cloud Machines. Don’t these draw an eerie comparison to the machine envisioned by Mr. Burns in his plot to block out the sun and ensure that the world’s population is reliant on human-generated electricity? Quoting Mr. Burns, “Since the beginning of time, man has yearned to destroy the sun. I shall do the next best thing: block it out.”…

I don’t know about you, but the similarities of these situations seem too real to ignore. When 2022 rolls around, I think I’ll avoid the trip to Qatar and enjoy the games from the comforts of my own home (lit by artificial light powered by human-generated electricity, as the games will be on during the night in Canada).

Check out my other Simpsons/sports reference here.

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  1. Bob
    March 26, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Very nice!

  1. March 31, 2011 at 5:18 pm
  2. March 7, 2012 at 7:06 pm

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