## Friday, January 18, 2013 ... /////

### Scottish streets became opaque to Higgs

Scotsman.com runs an amusing, light story.

Peter Higgs became a toy model capable of explaining the physics of Margaret Thatcher.

For decades, the sidewalks of the Scottish capital Edinburgh were almost perfectly transparent to Higgs' excitations while Higgs was obscure: his cross section was almost as low as the cross section of dark matter. However, those good old times are gone, mainly due to the official discovery of the God particle on July 4th, 2012.

These days, strangers constantly intercept Peter Higgs when he is trying to propagate through the streets. These fans want to get a photograph with the 83-year-old theoretical discoverer of the God particle. As a result, the effective Higgs mass is increasing.

Yachts and ale are being named after him, too. The Dutchmen's Higgs Yacht is one of the things that helps to break the weak symmetry between the poor and the wealthy while the Higgs Boson Ale is often used to increase the masses of other people, too.