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Can They Be Funny?

We all know that scientists can be funny. With the debut of the Large Hadron Collider approaching and with some people worrying about it generating a black hole that will swallow the Earth (It won't happen. They think.), physicists are trying out their funnier side. A Chicago-based improv-comedian was brought to CERN for the physicists to learn how to build on one another's ideas. Being funny, though might be another issue. One joke, according to the Wall Street Journal goes, "Two protons walk into a black hole." The WSJ adds that that's the entire joke.


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