I found the Higgs Boson particle……

…..AGES ago. It was down behind the sofa cushion with the remote control, 3 socks and a glove that none of us recognises. I could have saved them the bother of building the big possible black hole causing thingum machine.

Sofas govern their own laws of physics meaning stuff can vanish and reappear at will. 

It is an irrefutable law of sofa physics that everything you can’t find is down the back of the sofa cushions. But not the first time you look, no, it’s not there then. It might not be there the second time you look either, sometimes the missing item only blinks back into existence when someone else looks there.

What the Cerne scientists should have done is get their mums to look for the elusive particle. Mums have special looking powers, they’d have found it without half as much bother.

I am thinking that green would look nice in the hall.

Daftness aside, I am genuinely fascinated in what they are doing, and in quantum physics in general. The only downside is that I DON’T UNDERSTAND A SINGLE JOT OF IT. But I wish I did. Sometimes I think I have grasped a minor point for whole seconds, and then I think it through and it has disappeared in a puff of unfathomability. But I seem to recall that there are particles that can pop in and out of existence, or be in two places at once or something vaguely resembling that , so perhaps for most of us the understanding of quantum mechanics very much resembles those particles. It  exists, but only very briefly, making it very hard to prove. I am going to ask my mum if she has seen my comprehension of string theory down the back of the sofa.

I actually want this.

Love Miss statistically unlikely Cisco xxx



  1. July 4, 2012 / 10:24 am

    Love it! I have visions of disgruntled scientists looking shameful in front of their mums as she gives them the ‘well you should looked properly’ speech.

    • Sonya Cisco
      July 4, 2012 / 12:27 pm

      I love that speech! I am great at it, I have an excellent tut. X

  2. Hollie Smith
    July 4, 2012 / 1:21 pm

    Thanks Sonya, this post has really helped clear up a lot of confusion over this subject for me. Not! 🙂

  3. Lynn Fancy
    July 4, 2012 / 1:37 pm

    It won’t matter (no pun intended) anyway as when they do find it; it will blow us up anyway….. wow I’m happy today 😉

  4. Knitty Mummy
    July 4, 2012 / 1:57 pm

    Did you find Prof Brian Cox down the back of the sofa too? He’s the 2nd sexiest physicist in the world (I have to say that I’m married to one, its not because I think Stephen Hawkin is a hotty). My husband tried to explain Dirac’s theory of something-or-other (thats what its called, I’m sure) to me the other day and I nearly cried.

  5. Catherine Rodie Blagg (Cup of Tea and a Blog)
    July 4, 2012 / 8:50 pm

    Brilliant stuff! So true about the sofa. Quantum physics makes my brain hurt, I’m far to sleep deprived to make sence of that which makes no sence!

  6. JPJ (Jnr)
    July 5, 2012 / 12:25 pm

    “the Higgs boson is the only visible and particular manifestation of an invisible force field that permeates space binding the Universe on a molecular level” Science Today

    “It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together” Obi Wan Kenobi

    Wow, those Jedi’s really were ahead of their time…

  7. July 7, 2012 / 11:05 pm

    Thanks for the giggle, but I’d like to propose an opposing theory to the sofa, and really think they should have looked under my Son’s bed – I’m convinced it must be there, but even Mummy powers can’t reach those hidden depths lol.

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  10. March 16, 2013 / 8:55 pm

    Good on you, hope they listen. With kids things do end up in weird places but mum’s don’t always have divining powers. When I was a child we took our VCR machine to be mended. The young man in the shop had a poke around and said “I think this might be the problem” producing a slice of toast my brother had obviously posted there!

  11. March 18, 2013 / 4:08 pm

    This is hilarious. If we send our son to look for something and he swears he can’t find it, we say he owes us 5 bucks if we find it in under a minute. We’d be millionairres if we held to that. thanks for the laugh

  12. April 2, 2013 / 8:13 pm

    So very true and I too want one of those gravel filled stars!
    Hayley x

    • Sonya Cisco
      April 9, 2013 / 10:49 am

      They are cute aren’t they!

  13. Renata
    April 8, 2013 / 7:15 pm

    Great post and a deserved finalist in the SWAN blog post awards. I thought you would want to know that the winners will be announced on 13th April at 2pm as part of our Undiagnosed Children’s Awareness Day. Keep an eye on the SWAN UK blog or twitter where I will announce using @SWAN_UK and @RenataBplus3 … GOOD LUCK!

    • Sonya Cisco
      April 8, 2013 / 8:40 pm

      thank you 🙂

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