Out of 1000+ questions on physics stack exchange, only 7 have a -4 or worse count (this link is temporary):
One of these is a question I asked about asteroids and life on the planet:
"Could life survive if the earth's axis were knocked 70 degrees by an asteroid collision?" -4
Could life survive a pole shift caused by an asteroid collision?
Evidently four people voted it down and none up and I don't have a clue why. It's a basic physics question, it can be answered with a simple calculation, and it's of interest to the general public. Comments on the question are:
Some people have evidently never played with a gyroscope or tried to turn a spinning bicycle wheel out of plane with their hands. What mechanism is proposed to damp the ferocious precession that would be the inevitable aftermath of twisting the axis around like that? Bah! Humbug! – dmckee 2 days ago
What sort of asteroid could knock Earth's axis off by 70 degrees without ripping the planet to shreds, for that matter!? – Noldorin♦ yesterday
@Noldorin: Yeah. I started trying to estimate the energies involved, but floundered when I realized there was no impulse-like way to get from there to here. – dmckee yesterday
Some very simple calculation would answer this question. – Georg yesterday
Eventually, I answered my own question with the calculation I outlined.
For reference, the only questions with a lower rating (i.e -5) are questions which, one way or another, do not make sense:
"If energy in a flat space is zero, are we saying that a flat space is isolated?" -5
"Why is there something rather than nothing? [closed]" -5
Why is there something rather than nothing?
So I'm wondering. Anyone have a clue?
There are three other asteroid / meteor questions. This one also has to do with a life endangering asteroid:
"Relativistic Object Impacts the Earth" +2
Relativistic object impacts the earth
The other questions: "Orbital mechanics of Dragon's Egg" +3 Orbital mechanics of Dragon's Egg
"What would be the real-world implications of the Kessler Syndrome?" +0 What would be the real-world implications of the Kessler Syndrome?