Another facepalm for humanity; "God Particles" on eBay


Higgs boson Particles, in a jar...

Everyone is probably familiar with the typical eBay scams where sellers sell off empty boxes of hardware after carefully wording it as such, or Jesus faces on anything from toast to any number of crappy useless things.

Now the service is being used to rope gullible buyers into purchasing a glass jar with Higgs boson Particles.

As if the entry itself isn't stupid enough, there are already three bids on it; although at a current low AU$1.50 so far.

Yesterday, Cern scientists reporting from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) claimed the discovery of a new particle consistent with the Higgs boson.

The particle has been the subject of a 45-year hunt to explain how matter attains its mass.


A participant holds open the last page of a presentation on July 4, 2012 during a seminar.

Although we know that the discovery of the "God particle" was pretty big news in itself, it was somewhat overshadowed by the use of Comic Sans in the press release given to seminar attendees, who subsequently felt that was equally as important, as well as most of the Internet.

Oh the humanity of it all!

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TRC said,
Clearly a joke auction and not a scam. Still I wonder if anyone will actually pay.

Haha yes! The Q&A section is hilarious!

Reminds me of that one big blizzard in nearby Buffalo, NY several years ago where the snow was somewhere around 8 ft high. People were putting jars of snow on eBay. I remember them having a disclaimer of "Can not guarantee it wont melt in shipment."

Q: Do you accept Euros, even though there is a risk they might spontaneously decay into smaller, unpredictable fragments with no mass, er sorry, value?
A: Yes!

Bahaha!

The eBay post is just a joke, not a scam. I mean, really.

"Μεγάλο Μεγάλο Μεγάλο πώληση ! Higgs Boson particles - great for your economy!" a reference to the Greek economy.

"I will ship anywhere in the world - the particles come in one size of 122 to 138.8 proton masses. Ideal for kids parties!"

Neobond said,
Well I know that, but it doesn't hide the fact that three people already bid on it.

Edit: six now,, just checked

Maybe they didn't get the joke either.

Neobond said,
Well I know that, but it doesn't hide the fact that three people already bid on it.

Edit: six now,, just checked


And? Just don't commit to paying if you win it, these happen all the time and they just vanish, no one actually pays.

Gaffney said,

And? Just don't commit to paying if you win it, these happen all the time and they just vanish, no one actually pays.

I thought that ruined your feedback score? Oh well

Neobond said,
Well I know that, but it doesn't hide the fact that three people already bid on it.

Edit: six now,, just checked

People bid on stuff all the time as a joke, there are worthless things which have gone up to $10,000 by bids from 4chan users...

Everyone searching for it knows it's a joke.

FloatingFatMan said,
I do wish people would stop calling them God particles... You're perpetuating the stupid.

Indeed, the amount of comments that see it as "scientific proof that god exists" are appalling. At first I was "not sure if trolling", but soon it became clear that these people are seriously retarded.

FloatingFatMan said,
I do wish people would stop calling them God particles... You're perpetuating the stupid.

Yep. It's annoying and has nothing to do with anything.

Phouchg said,

Indeed, the amount of comments that see it as "scientific proof that god exists" are appalling. At first I was "not sure if trolling", but soon it became clear that these people are seriously retarded.

I actually had Higgs boson particles in the title, but it didn't fit on one line and I figured this would grab the attention in the context the article was written in.

FloatingFatMan said,
I do wish people would stop calling them God particles... You're perpetuating the stupid.

Well, the community scientifty call Black Holes but they are not holes.

Brony said,

Well, the community scientifty call Black Holes but they are not holes.

Because it describes what they look like. Higgs Boson's do not look like god; mainly because god doesn't exist. It's a media coined term, pure and simply.

FloatingFatMan said,

Because it describes what they look like. Higgs Boson's do not look like god; mainly because god doesn't exist. It's a media coined term, pure and simply.

Not true. It was coined by physicist Leon Lederman. Keep up.

It's also an amusing name, and was apt for a long time, if you want to think about it like this: a particle that a bunch of people felt had to exist for their understanding of the universe to work (standard model), but all were frustratingly unable to prove the existence of.

And don't make silly arguments with arbitrary logic like "A can't look like B because B doesn't exist." If I sent you a drawing of a dragon and asked you what it looked like, would you refuse to answer "dragon" because dragons don't exist? Even if the god of Judaism isn't a real being, it 'exists' as a character in stories and a force behind the actions of people.

Existence doesn't require tangibility when we're talking about concepts.

Edited by Joshie, Jul 5 2012, 7:21pm :

Lest we forget that Higgs himself has continually expressed disdain of the "god" term, foreseeing its potential to spark unnecessary religious debates.
Term is indeed quite fitting and one might find it amusing, if one thinks about it. Trouble is - people don't like to think.

Joshie said,
And don't make silly arguments with arbitrary logic like "A can't look like B because B doesn't exist." If I sent you a drawing of a dragon and asked you what it looked like, would you refuse to answer "dragon" because dragons don't exist?
Pwned!

Joshie said,

And don't make silly arguments with arbitrary logic like "A can't look like B because B doesn't exist." If I sent you a drawing of a dragon and asked you what it looked like, would you refuse to answer "dragon" because dragons don't exist?

I'd reply that it looks like a dinosaur.

Joshie said,

Not true. It was coined by physicist Leon Lederman. Keep up.
...

No, he called it the "goddamn" particle, his publisher changed it to The "god" particle.

The_Decryptor said,

No, he called it the "goddamn" particle, his publisher changed it to The "god" particle.


That's completely untrue. The book in question explained why he called it the god particle, and unless you're about to suggest the publisher went in and wrote those sections too--hint: they didn't, and Lederman has made it quite clear that "goddamn particle" is just a joke he likes to tell, and was never actually the intended term--I'd suggest not picking that side of the argument.

FloatingFatMan said,

I'd reply that it looks like a dinosaur.


That's cute, buddy, but frankly, if you're going to say that you have never and would never say something "looks like" something fictional, I'm going to call you a liar, because that's a load of crap, and nobody, no matter how psychotic they are about their principles, can program themselves well enough to pull such a feat off.

veternan said,
Well, God Particles(Higgs Boson) definitely are in that glass but who wants to buy something which is available everywhere!!!!???
BTW, I posted a video to understand Higgs Boson aka God Particles:
http://www.neowin.net/forum/to...eo-what-is-the-higgs-boson/

thats what i thought after reading this; the jar does infact contain the higgs field, but your still stupid if u buy it, although id consider that an idiot tax

veternan said,
Well, God Particles(Higgs Boson) definitely are in that glass but who wants to buy something which is available everywhere!!!!???
BTW, I posted a video to understand Higgs Boson aka God Particles:
http://www.neowin.net/forum/to...eo-what-is-the-higgs-boson/

Eh? The higgs boson isn't in that glass. It was created by smashing 2 particles together at an incredibly fast speed and is able to have 107GeV of energy, GIGA electron volts, 107000000000 eV. Masses of protons, neutrons and electrons are measured in MeV and there is no way you can provide even half a GeV in the space of a tube or where other particles are causing an effect on it's motion.

n_K said,

Eh? The higgs boson isn't in that glass. It was created by smashing 2 particles together at an incredibly fast speed and is able to have 107GeV of energy, GIGA electron volts, 107000000000 eV. Masses of protons, neutrons and electrons are measured in MeV and there is no way you can provide even half a GeV in the space of a tube or where other particles are causing an effect on it's motion.

That's like saying there are no protons and neutrons in the glass just because you haven't split the atoms. Just because you can't detect it doesn't mean it isn't there.

"I am slightly disappointed in the quoted delivery time for the item. Is there anyway the delivery of these particles can be accelerated?" Genius!

For only $1.50?! Sign me up!

...the "God particle" was pretty big news in itself, it was somewhat overshadowed by the use of Comic-sans in the press release...

This makes me sad. Not that the scientists used Comic Sans (I already made my point in the thread on the forum) but that people were more concerned by its use than by the actual findings...

I find the whole things about them using Comic Sans amusing, particulary a comment saying that this will go down in history as "that finding where the slides were all in Comic Sans"

Slightly more on topic though, as I understand it, the ebay post is correct as the jar would in fact contain the particles, you just need an LHC to seperate them from the rest.

To be fair though, having read the ebay post it is a fairly obvious joke, given the Questions and answers. I mean, the entire thing is a good laugh when you read it.

Edited by lexa000, Jul 5 2012, 11:09am :

Intrinsica said,
For only $1.50?! Sign me up!


This makes me sad. Not that the scientists used Comic Sans (I already made my point in the thread on the forum) but that people were more concerned by its use than by the actual findings...


I worked at Argonne National laboratory, for the doe. These guys may be uber -smart, but common sense they generally lack.

Intrinsica said,
For only $1.50?! Sign me up!


This makes me sad. Not that the scientists used Comic Sans (I already made my point in the thread on the forum) but that people were more concerned by its use than by the actual findings...

I suppose you could say it was a MASS fail on their part?