So neutrinos have suddenly become the enfants terribles of particle physics, with scientists in Italy reporting that these tiny particles can travel faster than the speed of light.
There’s been a lot of talk on the blogosphere about this discovery, its potential implications for Einstein’s theory of relativity, and whether or not the results will stand up to the scrutiny of the particle physics community. But alongside the head scratching, cautious excitement, and inevitable talk of time travel, there have also been gazillions of neutrino jokes whizzing around. Here are some of the picks (caution: you may laugh before you read these).
“We don’t allow faster-than-light neutrinos in here,” said the bartender. A neutrino walks into a bar.
Hipsters liked neutrinos before they arrived.
Want to hear a joke about neutrinos? It’d probably go straight through you.
(or…Knock, Knock. Who’s th – neutrino! – ere?)
To get to the other side. Why did the neutrino cross the road?
A limerick by Telescoper.
Do neutrinos go faster than light?
Some physicists think that they might.
In the cold light of day,
I am sorry to say,
The story is probably shite.
And a relativity-themed one by James Ph. Kotsybar.
A young lady known simply as Bright,
who could travel at speeds fast as light,
said: “While I’m never late,
I’m concerned that my weight
goes to infinite mass, though I’m slight.”
Proof that a poodle-haired Swedish guitarist actually foresaw this discovery way back in 1988: “Faster Than the Speed of Light“.
Anyway, that’s enough geeky humour for now…I think I may spontaneously combust.