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July 05, 2012|By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
  • A 2011 image from CERN of a proton-proton collision that may have created a Higgs boson particle.
A 2011 image from CERN of a proton-proton collision that may have created… (AP Photo/CERN )

July 4th was a monumental day for particle physicists at CERN, who announced that they had detected a particle that very well could be the long-sought Higgs boson.

It was also a huge day for established and aspiring humorists — who took advantage of the particle’s funny name and mysterious nature (it's said to have something to do with the existence of all mass in the universe) to fish for chuckles on the Internet.

My personal favorite: Comedian Andy Borowitz’s contribution to the genre, in which the Higgs boson finally gets the red carpet treatment a celebrity deserves.  Kanye, the Hamptons and a fragrance!

Xeni Jardin of BoingBoing collected a few jokes here; UK’s Guardian newspaper, here

Agence France-Presse's story on Higgs humor observed that a lucrative business in Higgs tchotchkes may now suffer. Now that a particle has been discovered, who’ll buy the “I finally found the Higgs boson — it was behind the couch the whole time,” T-shirt or mug?

There were agriculturally minded quips:

And of course, riffs on the popular nickname, "The God Particle":

Science comedian Brian Malow watched a Higgs joke he's been using in his act for years proliferate across the Internet — without giving him any credit.

Science Laughs: Science Comedian Brian Malow from Wonderfest and Wonderfest on

“It’s really nice when somebody quotes you. But isn’t it traditional to include the person’s name?” he said, sighing Thursday.

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