Yesterday the large hadron collider started up successfully, and the world did not end. But it will still be months before we have exciting collision data, so don’t hold your breath waiting for that Higgs boson – unless you want to buy a stuffed one at Particle Zoo:
Wait – a Higgs boson costs just $9.75?! Someone should have told CERN before they spent all those billions of Euros!
If the Higgs boson is too trendy for you, Julie at Particle Zoo also offers a Z boson, which looks kinda like a Pac-Man ghost, or one of the three neutrinos, which resemble the disembodied heads of Ninja turtles, or the graviton, which looks like. . . never mind.
Anyway, these are the perfect physical science counterparts to the previous plush geek gifts of choice, germs.