Harder Than Higgs

I have a research idea for the folks at CERN and their supercollider. Now that the Higgs Boson problem is mostly behind them, I’m sure they’ll pick this one up and run with it.

First some background. We rarely have potato chips in this house. The reason is we are both hopelessly unable to resist them. I think for us they would be like horses and oats… if we were able to get inside a potato chip silo, we’d eat ourselves to death just like the horses in the oat bin.

The other day we felt the need to celebrate something or the other, so a can of Pringles made their way home. In the evening my habit is to get into my pajamas and into bed, then get the laptop out and play a few games of Spider Solitaire, and then look at facebook for a while. Last night differed in that the can of Pringles joined us. I opened the can, placed a stack of a half dozen Pringles on my chest, and proceeded to play some Spider on the laptop. A few moments later, the Pringles were gone! I felt around on my chest to be sure, and yes indeed, what was definite matter just moments ago had vanished! I repeated this experiment several times last night, and the results were the same each time. Oh, and I won the game of Spider I was playing.

We’re taught in our physics textbooks that matter does not disappear, but this matter clearly did, predictably and repetitively. Readers of this blog (all 6 of you) will hopefully remember that the germ of the idea that led to a Nobel Prize was initiated here on November 21, 2012. You’re welcome.

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