This post is part of the Summer Blog Challenge. We are supposed to post some lyrics that have meaning to us.
In honor of the physicists who found five-sigma evidence of the Higgs boson particle, I give you the lyrics to the classic They Might Be Giant's tune, "Particle Man."
The Higgs boson particle is also called the God particle, but not for the reasons you might expect. Is it because it explains life, the universe and everything? Nope. Actually, Leon Lederman, the Nobel Laureate who penned the "God particle," actually wanted to call it the godd*mn particle (because it was so elusive) but his editor overruled him.
Anyway... we all know the answer is 42.
Particle Man by They Might Be Giants
Particle man, particle man
Doing the things a particle can
What's he like? It's not important
Is he a dot, or is he a speck?
When he's underwater does he get wet?
Or does the water get him instead?
Nobody knows, Particle man
Triangle man, Triangle man
Triangle man hates particle man
They have a fight, Triangle wins
Universe man, Universe man
Size of the entire universe man
Usually kind to smaller man
He's got a watch with a minute hand,
Millennium hand and an eon hand
When they meet it's a happy land
Powerful man, universe man
Person man, person man
Hit on the head with a frying pan
Lives his life in a garbage can
Is he depressed or is he a mess?
Does he feel totally worthless?
Who came up with person man?
Degraded man, person man
Triangle man, triangle man
Triangle man hates person man
They have a fight, triangle wins