Thursday, January 13, 2011
College Humor for John Ellis
Hey, I don't do this stuff! One of my college-aged kids showed it to me. It's from a site called www.collegehumor.com
The story behind this seems to be that particle theorist John Ellis and experimentalist Melissa Franklin were playing darts one evening at CERN in 1977, and a bet was made that would require Ellis to insert the word "penguin" somehow into his next research paper if he lost. He did lose, and was having a lot of trouble working out how he would do this. Finally, 'the answer came to him when one evening, leaving CERN, he dropped by to visit some friends where he smoked an illegal substance'. While working on his paper later that night 'in a moment of revelation he saw that the diagrams looked like penguins'.
Posted by Steven Colyer at 4:37 PM