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Neutrino jokes hit Twittersphere faster than the speed of light

September 24, 2011 |  9:30 am

CERN experiment

News that scientists had observed neutrinos, a type of sub-atomic particle, traveling faster than the speed of light came to, um, light, this week, and caused the world to wonder if the speed limit of the universe, as set by Albert Einstein in 1905, had just been broken.

The research also got people on Twitter to start trading a new genre of faster-than-the-speed-of-light jokes.

Go, dorks! We love you!

You'll note that most of these tweets follow a certain joke structure. But because nothing is funny if you overthink it, we'll just leave it at that.  Here are some of our favorites:

-We don't allow faster than light neutrinos in here, said the bartender. A neutrino walks into a bar.

-Neutrino. Knock knock.

-Hipsters liked neutrinos before they arrived.

-I wrote a speed of light joke...but a neutrino beat me to it.

-A. To prove particles can travel faster than light Q. Why did the neutrino cross the road?

-I'm going to tweet my neutrino joke yesterday.

Happy weekend, everyone!


A deep-sea squid that engages in same-sex sex 

Faster than the speed of light: Just how possible is it?

Can you HEAR ME??? Cellphone service coming to N.Y. subways

--Deborah Netburn

Photo: The last element of CERN's ATLAS experiment, shown here in 2008, may not seem inherently funny. But recent research results have led to an abundance of jokes about, of all things, neutrinos.  Credit: Martial Terzzin/ EPA