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CERN Gives Away Higgs Boson Particles To 10 Lucky Winners

samzenpus posted about a year ago | from the you-get-a-particle-and-you-get-one-and-you-get-one dept.

Science 71

redletterdave writes "In an unprecedented move sure to shake up the world of particle physics, CERN announced on Monday that it will give away its newly-discovered Higgs boson particles in a lottery. But given the rarity of Higgs boson particles – only one particle is created out of one million million collisions – CERN will only be able to reward 10 lucky winners. 'At CERN, we have always believed in sharing the results of our research, and the time has come to make that tangible,' said CERN director of research Sergio Bertolucci. 'This is our way of saying thanks for the incredible level of enthusiasm that has greeted this discovery.'"

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71 comments

zvyyvba the new xyzzy? (2, Funny)

Quirkz (1206400) | about a year ago | (#43332659)

I noticed the double zvyyvba in there as translation for "million million". It's got a nice pattern to it. I think it should be the new substitute for xyzzy. It's also what I'm going to pick from now on whenever I get to a site that already has the first 100 instances of my name plus number taken and I need some random username. The best part is it'll have a secret hidden meaning only obsessive ROT-13'ers will ever recognize.

Re:zvyyvba the new xyzzy? (1)

DocSavage64109 (799754) | about a year ago | (#43332679)

Too bad you just broadcast your unique username to dozens of slashdot readers.

Re:zvyyvba the new xyzzy? (4, Funny)

Quirkz (1206400) | about a year ago | (#43332775)

That's okay, I'm sure zvyyvba01 will still be available.

Re:zvyyvba the new xyzzy? (1)

Urban Garlic (447282) | about a year ago | (#43332847)

Furrfu!

Re:zvyyvba the new xyzzy? (1)

Quirkz (1206400) | about a year ago | (#43336939)

Great, now you're giving everybody my password right after I've posted the user name.

Re:zvyyvba the new xyzzy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43333781)

Actually, what's surprising is that noone's put up a translate slashdot page (mega slurp or just to much traffic)_?

Re:zvyyvba the new xyzzy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43333891)

It's not surprising at all. Anyone with the expertise to do so can either run it through rot13 again or just sight-read the damn things.

Re:zvyyvba the new xyzzy? (1)

slashmydots (2189826) | about a year ago | (#43334811)

Isn't Xyzzy one of the Beholder bosses from Dungeons and Dragons Online?

Re:zvyyvba the new xyzzy? (1)

Quirkz (1206400) | about a year ago | (#43336911)

Couldn't say. It was a secret code in a very early video game, and since then a lot of other games have snuck it in somewhere.

Re:zvyyvba the new xyzzy? (1)

SampleFish (2769857) | about a year ago | (#43353309)

It's the code from ZORK

Re:zvyyvba the new xyzzy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43341025)

I thought the name for a million million was a bifillion, abbreviated as BFN.

My very own Higgs boson particle. (4, Funny)

meddle99 (1946010) | about a year ago | (#43332671)

My very own little Higgs boson particle. I will hug him and squeeze him and name him George.

Re:My very own Higgs boson particle. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43332687)

I used to have a Higgs boson particle, but it don't move anymore.

Re:My very own Higgs boson particle. (1)

FunkyLich (2533348) | about a year ago | (#43332707)

There is no pain you're all receding,
a distant ship smoke on the Horizon.
You are always coming through in waves....

Re:My very own Higgs boson particle. (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43332915)

only coming through
only
ONLY....

Re:My very own Higgs boson particle. (1)

bfandreas (603438) | about a year ago | (#43333117)

your lips move but I can't hear what you say

Re:My very own Higgs boson particle. (2)

Ken_g6 (775014) | about a year ago | (#43332937)

My very own little Higgs boson particle. I will hug him and squeeze him and name him George.

And you can get a "Higgs boson" that you can do all that to for just $10.49 + shipping! [particlezoo.net]

Re:My very own Higgs boson particle. (1)

Bengie (1121981) | about a year ago | (#43333105)

I see they're cheaper than a bucket of neutrons.

Rot13 (1)

multi io (640409) | about a year ago | (#43332689)

I was wondering if you could teach yourself to read rot13-encoded text fluently, to the point that you'd no longer be translating every word in your head, but instead reading and comprehending the ciphertext directly. Would it be like learning to read as a child? And when you've managed to read rot13 like that, would you have lost the ability to read normal text fluently?

Re:Rot13 (1)

A10Mechanic (1056868) | about a year ago | (#43332753)

I made a little two row table, and busted it out by hand. After about 3 minutes, I was filling in faster than I could work the table. I imagine it's how ancient crypto's felt when they teased out "Ceasar attacks at dove" and then realized they'd injected an error. What is a Biggs Hoson?

Re:Rot13 (1)

Quirkz (1206400) | about a year ago | (#43332839)

I can tell you if you take four years of Spanish and then try a semester of German, all the German will go in the same "language that's not English" slot in your brain, and you'll get the two mixed up badly. "Nostromos gehen por cervesa, ja?" But it won't touch your English abilities.

Re:Rot13 (1)

bfandreas (603438) | about a year ago | (#43333141)

Pssst!
Don't continue! That's the Spanish/German version of the Deadly Joke! It might fux0r with the French bits of your brain and then you won't have anything to go with your mayonnaise.

And learning German will fuck with your English. Or as they say in Belgium: Aprender alemán va a arruinar tu Inglés.
Oi gevalt!

Re: Rot13 (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43333195)

Only for the weak minded.

I had 6 years Latin in school, 2 years ancient Greek, 8 years English (not my mother tongue) and learned later on Swedish and Japanese. And some bits of Klingon. Plus my mother tongue. It's perfectly possible to learn more than one language and separate the vocabulary.

Always read the fine print. (5, Funny)

MiniMike (234881) | about a year ago | (#43332699)

Winner must be present at particle detector to receive prize. Winner must claim prize within 1.6×1022 s. Winner is responsible for all costs associated with removing prize from CERN property. CERN is not responsible for damages caused by spontaneous decay of prize. Winner is responsible for removing any decay products from CERN property at their own expense.

Dear editors (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43332713)

Please don't eat so much chocolate all at once. It can seriously damage your thought processes

Nice one! (5, Insightful)

mwvdlee (775178) | about a year ago | (#43332721)

That's actually a pretty funny April's fool.
Too bad Slashdot screwed it up by applying it's terribly unfunny Rot13 thing.
Kinda like an annoying cartman yelling "Hey! Look at me! Give me attention!".
Any other tech/nerd/geek-oriented site with comments to replace the downward spiral that is slashdot?

Re:Nice one! (2)

MiniMike (234881) | about a year ago | (#43333063)

Any other tech/nerd/geek-oriented site with comments to replace the downward spiral that is slashdot?

I also like to read this site:
c5e2 4601 86f7 233c 927e 7dc2 dcc7 03c0 e500 b653 ca82 273b 7bfa d804 5a85 a470

Note that the URL has been encoded using a SHA routine for your protection.

Re:Nice one! (1)

Colin Castro (2881349) | about a year ago | (#43333087)

I'm hoping they turn it off tomorrow, what's the point of logging in if I still don't get to see the posts besides /. laughing? The number of comments has dropped significantly too due to their "humor."

Re:Nice one! (1)

SternisheFan (2529412) | about a year ago | (#43333227)

Obvious the reason why there are less comments today. For some unknown reason, there are no linked articles to ANY of these stories today! I mean, just how are Slashdotters supposed to make intelligent, informed comments if they cant RTFA?

Re:Nice one! (1)

gl4ss (559668) | about a year ago | (#43333131)

el reg, but the comments ain't as free and fewer random stuff.

verge used to be ok for half a year but now they've gone all batshit hipster save the world and educate everyone about cyber this and cyber that insane(at least slashdot doesn't try to fuck up everything so bad with trying to come up with a different css for every story).

Re:Nice one! (1)

bfandreas (603438) | about a year ago | (#43333147)

Respect my authorataaah!

CERN is a waste of money (1)

Nivag064 (904744) | about a year ago | (#43332729)

To produce just one Higgs particle costs tens of thousands of millions of dollars!

Then to just causally give ten away at random is a scandalous waste of money!!

I think it is a SCAM!!!

These people also support Evolution, and hence claim the Earth is thousands of millions of years old!!!!

As Creationists Know, the Earth was created only 6 thousand years ago by the Flying Spaghetti Monster!!!!!

CERN computers could mint bitcoins in offseason (1)

peter303 (12292) | about a year ago | (#43332787)

to defray expenses

Re:CERN computers could mint bitcoins in offseason (1)

Nivag064 (904744) | about a year ago | (#43333115)

An excellent idea!

In the off-season, the CERN computers are only doing 'theoretical' calculations, and since Creationists say that Evolution is only a 'theory' we know that anything theoretical is of no consequence hence that creating bitcoins would be more useful...

Did you hear that the new Pope is repainting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel to more accurately reflect the true image of God - as we all know that God is not an old man with a white beard, but the Mighty FSM!.

Stop...Please stop. (1)

Farmer Pete (1350093) | about a year ago | (#43332731)

The first post wasn't funny. The rest have been horrid.

Re:Stop...Please stop. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43332819)

NO! MOAR!

Re:Stop...Please stop. (1)

Quirkz (1206400) | about a year ago | (#43332845)

You know what? I've been posting here for five years, and I finally get my first post, and this is the crap I get in thanks? That's it, I quit. This dashslot game sucked anyway.

I was already looking for a Higgs Boson (1)

DoomSprinkles (1933266) | about a year ago | (#43332737)

....but then I took an arrow to the knee =(

Re:I was already looking for a Higgs Boson (1)

bfandreas (603438) | about a year ago | (#43333089)

Aww. Come on. We will propably blow up out Type 13* planet searching for the Higgs boson .A little arrow to the knee won't make too much of a difference.

*obscure Lexx reference

Oh Slashdot... (1)

EmagGeek (574360) | about a year ago | (#43332745)

Vg'f gbb onq Fynfuqbg unf pbzr gur vagbyrenoyr cvrpr bs fuvg gung vg unf orpbzr, jvgu guvf hggreyl hashaal nggrzcg ng pyvpxonvgvat gur hfreonfr.

Funzrshy naq fnq gung Fynfuqbg vf zreryl n gheq pbzcnerq gb jung vg hfrq gb or.

Gvzr gb qryrgr gur byq obbxznex.

Collector's Edition (1)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about a year ago | (#43332761)

Not only do winners get their very own, individually serialized Higgs Boson, it comes complete with an elegant display case, molded to resemble a stale baguette [guardian.co.uk]

The physics of gifts (1)

lcam (848192) | about a year ago | (#43332781)

Gifts of this nature are just hard to receive as they are to produce. For any of the lucky winners who decide to receive their coveted boson, they need only be advised to pbzr cercnerq gb gel naq pngpu fzbxr jvgu gurve oner unaqf.

Care and Handling (1, Funny)

Java Pimp (98454) | about a year ago | (#43332785)

  • Warning: Pregnant women, the elderly, and children under 10 should avoid prolonged exposure to Higgs Boson Particle.
  • Caution: Higgs Boson Particle may suddenly accelerate to dangerous speeds.
  • Higgs Boson Particle should not be weighed, measured, or otherwise looked at or it will cease to exist.
  • Do not use Higgs Boson Particle on concrete.
  • Discontinue use of Higgs Boson Particle if any of the following occurs: itching, vertigo, dizziness, tingling in extremities, loss of balance or coordination, slurred speech, temporary blindness, profuse sweating,heart palpitations.
  • If Higgs Boson Particle begins to smoke, get away immediately. Seek shelter and cover head.
  • Higgs Boson Particle may stick to certain types of skin.
  • When not in use, Higgs Boson Particle should be returned to its special container and kept under refrigeration. Failure to do so relieves the makers of Higgs Boson Particle, Large Hadron Collider, and its parent company, CERN, of any and all liability.
  • Ingredients of Higgs Boson Particle include an unknown glowing substance which fell to Earth, presumably from outer space.
  • Higgs Boson Particle has been shipped to our troops in Afghanistan and is also being dropped by our warplanes on North Korea.
  • Do not taunt Higgs Boson Particle.
  • Higgs Boson Particle comes with a lifetime guarantee.

Re:Care and Handling (1)

lcam (848192) | about a year ago | (#43332815)

Prolonged exposure? You mean no more than 1.6Ã--10â'22 seconds?

Re:Care and Handling (1)

Jaywalk (94910) | about a year ago | (#43332961)

  • In the even of a Dreen invasion [amazon.com] , contact Customer Service immediately.

US winners consult an accountant (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43332789)

All gains from Higgs bosons must be declared on schedule M.

You could end up owing billions in taxes. And don't even think about paying them in bitcoins.

Winners have a femtosecond to claim the prize (1)

vlakkies (107642) | about a year ago | (#43332803)

How long between being awarded the prize and it decaying?

Wow slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43332817)

Look at your front page. Are you going to respect yourself in the morning?

Damn call centers! (0)

Tablizer (95088) | about a year ago | (#43332853)

The order operator thought I said "Bison".

Buffalo for sale, $3 grand; you pay shipping.

WTF is this encryption thing at Slashdot? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43332855)

What is this? Slashdot is now ENCRYPTED? What...are they instituting a paywall? WTF is this?

http://www.rot13.com (0)

AzN1337c0d3r (997208) | about a year ago | (#43332861)

Unencrypted via http://www.rot13.com/ [rot13.com]

In an unprecedented move sure to shake up the world of particle physics, CERN announced on Monday that it will give away its newly-discovered Higgs boson particles in a lottery. But given the rarity of Higgs boson particles only one particle is created out of one million million collisions CERN will only be able to reward 10 lucky winners. 'At CERN, we have always believed in sharing the results of our research, and the time has come to make that tangible,' said CERN director of research Sergio Bertolucci. 'This is our way of saying thanks for the incredible level of enthusiasm that has greeted this discovery.

I was giving away mod points today! (1)

GlennC (96879) | about a year ago | (#43332873)

I down modded every ROT-13'd reply I could!

You're welcome.

Mirabile Dictu! (1)

David Govett (2825317) | about a year ago | (#43332889)

Vatican particle physicists have confirmed that the Higgs boson confers mass on the Catholic Church, from 09:00 to 12:00 daily except Monday..

Rare indeed (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43332903)

[...]
  given the rarity of Higgs boson particles
[...]

Given their probable non-existence, that's pretty rare.

And furthermore (1, Redundant)

Ensign_Expendable (1045224) | about a year ago | (#43332917)

ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn!

The Pope has one! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43332973)

Here's the Pope [yahoo.com] holding a container with a Higgs boson inside it!

Well, at least that's what I presume he's doing - how else can he give mass?

This message was encrypted (1)

olsonish (2526782) | about a year ago | (#43333043)

But I figured you would need to see the un-encrypted version in order to gather enough attention span for a ./er that matters to recognize the actual problem. I'm not sure whats up with your encrypted stories, but I could not find a simple answer in 3 seconds or less, so like the average user I'm going to go Google or Bing search the title of this article and read about it elsewhere.

Re:This message was encrypted (1)

bfandreas (603438) | about a year ago | (#43333223)

That encryption scheme was old news when Gaius Iulius Caesar roamed the earth. If the Germans would have used that one then the people of Bletchley Park could have had an early weekend and time off for the rest of the war. Or they could have searched for the Higgs Boson in their spare time. Or(them being a bit English) for Higgin's Bottom.

Tusetu jxyi, qiixebui! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43333045)

Qrpbqr guvf, nffubyrf!

Woo hoo! I won! (1)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | about a year ago | (#43333183)

I got mine tomorrow!

WTF. We get it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43333191)

how freaking annoying... may this day end soon!!

tough encryption (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43333303)

Gee, a +13 shift. That was tough to crack.

Re:tough encryption (1)

andy.ruddock (821066) | about a year ago | (#43335905)

Gee, a +13 shift. That was tough to crack.

Rotate, not shift.

Screw the god particles (1)

Jawnn (445279) | about a year ago | (#43333345)

I want CERN working in my Bitcoin mine.

So they're unloading refurbished Higgs bosons (2)

al.caughey (1426989) | about a year ago | (#43333615)

I guess after smashing them in the particle accelerator, they tend to get banged up a bit...
What's the warranty period?

Re:So they're unloading refurbished Higgs bosons (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43334485)

Don't worry about them being refurbished, they're as functional as brand new ones. I can't even see any scratches on mine.

oh boy (1)

AndyKron (937105) | about a year ago | (#43333811)

Can I put it in a pop bottle like dry ice?

Higgs bosoons particle? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43335227)

Can they even bottle the stuff? the life higgs bosoons particle is what ? 10 nanosec ?

Buy Higgs (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43344787)

If you fail to win you can still buy a higgs boson from me. Simply paypal $10 to john@chess.net and you will receive a Genuine Higgs Boson* in return.

*some assembly required.

What is the packing device? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43384503)

I am curious .... How is the boson going to be storaged? Isnt it dangerous somehow?
Dammit, i've should pay attention to my phisics classes..lol
Mauro

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