Relatively Funny

25 Sep

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.

xkcd's take on the neutrino discovery

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. 

“Knock, Knock”
“Who’s there?”

(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.”


A musical ode to the neutrino by Andrew Pontzen, courtesy of Geek Pop.


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.


6 Responses to “Relatively Funny”

  1. jiya September 25, 2011 at 8:35 pm #

    its such nice post keep it up

  2. Chaotic Exotics October 1, 2011 at 5:48 pm #

    — James Ph. Kotsybar

    The 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.”

    (You had omitted the title to the above limerick. Thanks for posting it though.)

    — James Ph. Kotsybar

    When the general public hears about
    A breakthrough in scientific research
    They want to add their voices to the shout,
    So as not to feel they’re left in the lurch.
    That they have opinions, there is no doubt.

    They’ll foist themselves into the dialogue,
    When something sensational’s put in print.
    Though their comments reveal they’re in a fog
    Without having the slightest clue or hint,
    It won’t prevent them posting to the blog.

    Most often, all they can add is their moan:
    “Why can’t science leave well-enough alone?”

  3. thesoftanonymous October 2, 2011 at 1:18 am #

    Oops, sorry for missing out the title, and thanks for the extra poems (I especially enjoyed ‘Vestige’ that you posted under the extinction poems).

  4. Chaotic Exotics October 2, 2011 at 6:50 am #

    Thanks. …just want to make sure that fossil record is complete. By the way,I like your site, and thank you, too, (again) for picking up my limerick to post here.

  5. thesoftanonymous October 2, 2011 at 2:28 pm #

    No worries…it’d be nice to write a post about your poetry sometime (you should be able to find my email on the ‘About’ page if that’d interest you).

  6. javirl October 3, 2011 at 5:23 pm #

    Haha! Want one more? What do neutrinos do in an optical fiber? Honk the photons! 🙂

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