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King of Sweden Leaves Nobel Banquet Early Because Nobody Could Show Him a Higgs Boson

STOCKHOLM Dec 11, 2013 – Yesterday’s ceremony in honor of the 2013 Nobel Laureates was overshadowed by a major protocol incident. Soon after the main dish had been served (Coupole de turbot farcie de langoustines accompagnée d’une tartelette au fromage blanc), the small talk of His Majesty King Carl Gustav XVI with physics laureate Peter Higgs unexpectedly acquired an irritated tone. According to earwitnesses, the King of Sweden had asked whether Prof. Higgs had ever seen the particle named after him. The Scottish laureate conceded that he hadn’t even seen a particle accelerator from the inside until 2012, adding, “I have no clue what is going on in the lab.”

“I am familiar with people who don’t know what they are talking about, but this is too much,” the monarch reportedly grumbled, “let alone if Alfred Nobel had seen any benefit for mankind here.”

Joe Incandela, spokesperson of one of CERN’s experiments and seated next to the king’s table, hastily intervened to mitigate the royal alienation by sketching what “to see” actually meant in the case of a Higgs Boson. Shortly after, a confused Carl Gustav left the table saying, “I prefer to see my serial tonight. So long, you guys.” Incandela later declared, “I think he was simply asking too much. Frankly, I didn’t understand the data analysis either. But it has been checked by so many people. Unfortunately, we couldn’t invite them all.”

After the monarch had left the event, glumness spread in the Stockholm city hall, with some occasional whispering about whether anybody would have been able to explain better. Incandela’s colleague, Fabiola Gianotti, while nervously playing with her menu card printed in Comic Sans, could barely hide her frustration when bemoaning: “It is well-known that our collaborations have developed the swarm intelligence which is needed to see the Higgs Boson. If anyone could understand, it wouldn’t be such a great scientific revolution. And contrary to the theory folks, we have traveled to this cold country to at least get a nice dinner. The King shouldn’t have been so petty to want to understand why he was here.”