Have you heard the one about the God Particle?

A Higgs boson walks into a church.

The priest says “You’re not allowed in here, you call yourself the God Particle, but you’re nothing but a false God, get out!”

“If you don’t let Higgs bosons in”, says the Higgs boson, “how do you have mass?”

“But father, you just have to let me in. You can’t have mass without me!”

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4 responses to “Have you heard the one about the God Particle?

  1. Poor joke telling form. You overdo the pointing out its a Higgs boson. You first tell us its a Higgs boson. Then you have as the punchline:

    “If you don’t let Higgs bosons in, says the Higgs boson, “how do you have mass?”

    You tell us THREE TIMES its a Higgs boson. Humor works when the mind has to make an unexpected connection. When you overdo the linkage from the setup to the “hook”, you take away from the humor. Of course if the hook is too obscure, the listener might not get the joke. But, in this case, if the listener has any idea what a Higgs boson is, then simply telling him or her once that the setup is a Higgs boson is all you need. More than that and you muck it up. Therefore, the much better punchline is:

    “But, Father, you just have to let me in! You can’t have mass without me!”

  2. Ian

    Case, thanks for the comment, and the constructive criticism is very welcome. Yes – it would have been much better that way…

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