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CERN Gives Away Higgs Boson Particles To 10 Lucky Winners 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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CERN Gives Away Higgs Boson Particles To 10 Lucky Winners

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  • by Quirkz ( 1206400 ) <ross.quirkz@com> on Monday April 01, 2013 @03:22PM (#43332659) Homepage

    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.

  • by meddle99 ( 1946010 ) on Monday April 01, 2013 @03:23PM (#43332671)
    My very own little Higgs boson particle. I will hug him and squeeze him and name him George.
  • by MiniMike ( 234881 ) on Monday April 01, 2013 @03:27PM (#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.

  • by Quirkz ( 1206400 ) <ross.quirkz@com> on Monday April 01, 2013 @03:39PM (#43332775) Homepage

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

  • by Java Pimp ( 98454 ) <java_pimp@yah o o .com> on Monday April 01, 2013 @03:42PM (#43332785) Homepage
    • 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.

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