(CBS SF) — Physicists do apparently have a sense of humor, that’s no joke. The joke is the April Fool’s Day post by CERN — well, we’re pretty sure it’s an April Fool’s Day prank, otherwise Marin native George Lucas just became the greatest theoretical physicist of all time.
The folks running the Large Hadron Collider, the same multi-billion dollar, miles-long machine that found the Higgs Boson God Particle “confirmed” today, April 1st, that THE Force described in Star Wars exists and guides its physicists.
“Very impressive, this result is,” said a diminutive green spokesperson for the laboratory.
The “article” continues:
The Force is what gives a particle physicist his powers,” said CERN theorist Ben Kenobi of the University of Mos Eisley, Tatooine. “It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us; and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together.”
Though researchers are as yet unsure what exactly causes the Force, students and professors at the laboratory have already started to harness its power. Practical applications so far include long-distance communication, influencing minds, and lifting heavy things out of swamps.
Kenobi says he first started teaching the ways of the Force to a young lady who was having trouble revising for her particle-physics exams. “She said that I was her only hope,” says Kenobi. “So I just kinda took it from there. I designed an experiment to detect the Force, and passed on my knowledge.”
Okay, CERN. Now, about the origins of the universe?