February 28, 2008

Do'h

Edinburgh University physicists said they had been trying to confirm the Standard Model Theory to explain the behavior of all matter and energy - an experiment that would lead to the secret of life.

Their $30M computer, capable of a trillion calculations a second, finally spat the dummy - after eight years, the big box was stumped.

The physicists had failed to incorporate the law of gravity into their little experiment.

4 comments:

  1. "...explain the behavior of all matter and energy - an experiment that would lead to the secret of life..."

    Let me be the first to say: 42.

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  2. "The physicists had failed to incorporate the law of gravity into their little experiment."

    That's the kind of thing which is so easily done in the bustle of everyday life.

    I did it just yesterday and nearly fell on my arse.

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  3. I recall a story about NASA crashing a probe into...something...I don't rememeber...anyway...and the reason for the crash was because someone had forgotten to convert a measurement from feet into metres.

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  4. I guess it just goes to show how even the smart humans are only human.

    dylan: I think that was one of the Mars probes.

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