Gut reaction

February 10, 1995

Following the news that physicists at Cern are to search for the Higgs boson, a theory proposed by Peter Higgs, professor of theoretical physics at Edinburgh, Scottish Television launched a vox pop to ask what exactly the Higgs boson was. The three answers were: part of the intestine; a wild animal; and (correctly) a sub-atomic particle. Professor Higgs's colleagues claim this shows that a third of Scotland's population understand his theory perfectly.

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