Freshly Impressed

Whoa Nellie!  This past week I woke up from one of my many naps and, lo and behold, there’s a whole pile of likes and comments for my post This Will Happen to You.  What in the world is going on here?  During my sleep time, Word Press had Freshly Pressed me!  In two days, I got over 1400 hits.  Holy crap!  Now what do I do?

Well, I’m a curmudgeon so, naturally, I find a way to complain about it.

Before I do that, let me thank everyone on my blogroll, my followers and readers.  In particular, thanks to all my regular responders – from Le Clown and A Gripping Life; As I Age, Carrie Rubin and Diane Henders; to Madame Weebles and Harper Faulkner and all the rest.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.

The post was based upon an incident that happened to me.  I sold something of sentimental value and regretted it instantly.

On Freshly Pressed, I was labeled as “regrets” and squeezed between a post on depression and the presidential debates.  So the top three posts to greet you in FP-land on Monday morning were the trifecta of mental illness, regrets and foreign policy.  I wonder if the editors at Freshly Pressed felt that your Mondays were starting off too cheerfully.

The editors at FP assured me that my views would drop off rapidly and I would return to the anonymity to which I belong.  [FP didn’t say that but it makes for a good story.]

From my perspective, my top three posts so far have been on misgivings, animal contraception and alternate names for death.  If I can add ones on the bubonic plague, irritable bowels and the joy of macro-economics, my job here may be done.  Until then, I’m left with the paradoxical task of being grouchy about being pleased.  This goes in stages:




Higgs Boson Limerick

I recently read an article in Freshly Pressed entitled “Whatever Color”: A Poem About Higgs Boson from SayKNOWtoTrivia.  It is a poem about the elusive Higgs boson particle for which you have been sitting on the edge of your seats.

[From The Telegraph on July 24, 2012]

Higgs boson: scientists 99.999% sure “God Particle” has been found.  Scientists believe they have captured the elusive “God particle” that gives matter mass and holds the physical fabric of the universe together.

[From Scientific American;  The Higgs boson and the Future of Science by Ashutosh Jogalekar, July 23, 2012]

The discovery of the Higgs boson (or the “Higgs-like particle” if you prefer) is without a doubt one of the signal scientific achievements of our time. It illustrates what sheer thought – aided by data of course – can reveal about the workings of the universe and it continues a trend that lists Descartes, Hume, Galileo and Newton among its illustrious forebears.

[From ABC News; Higgs boson: Physicists See Best Proof Yet of “The God Particle” by Ned Potter, July 2, 2012]

After decades of careful experiment, physicists say they have found the “strongest indication to date” to prove the existence of the Higgs boson — a subatomic particle so important to the understanding of space, time and matter that the physicist Leon Lederman nicknamed it “the God particle.”  The announcement today … comes just before a major meeting this week in Australia, where more findings will be announced from the giant underground particle accelerator at CERN, the great physics lab in the Alps on the French-Swiss border.

You may find all this information overwhelming but fear not.  It’s easily (and poetically) explained:

There is a particle called Higgs boson
Which the universe seems to grow on
It’s elusive and small
Hardly there at all
It likes to keep its cloak on.
To find this “Ultimate Provider”
CERN built the Hadron Collider
It’s big and it’s round
Sunk deep in the ground
A super-sonic, sub-atomic glider.
The scientists from the lab at CERN
Seem totally unconcerned
“If we destroy the earth
While seeking its birth,
Well, that’s the price of knowledge,” they discerned.
Forget your quarks and your leptons
That’s yesterday’s news that you’ve slept on
What we’re after today
Gives mass away
The weight-gaining particle – Higgs boson.
So finding this particle is a riot
It’s not something that we could keep quiet
If it gives things their mass
We could really be crass
And say that the universe should go on a diet!