Monday, July 9, 2012

Particle Man

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

Particle man



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

Triangle man



Universe man, Universe man

Size of the entire universe man

Usually kind to smaller man

Universe 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

Person man



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

Triangle man

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