Monday, July 02, 2012
Almost Only Counts in Horseshoes and Hand Grenades
Back on March 3, 2004, news reports were circulating that the elusive Higgs boson particle had been “seen.” The news article reporting on the Higgs boson story in 2004 included phrases such as this.
There’s certainly evidence for something, whether it’s the Higgs boson is questionable,...
Fast forward to today, July 2, 2012, and we read the most recent news regarding the Higgs boson, under a headline which reads APNewsBreak: Evidence of ‘God particle’ found.
Scientists working at the world’s biggest atom smasher plan to announce Wednesday that they have gathered enough evidence to show that the long-sought “God particle” answering fundamental questions about the universe almost certainly does exist. (bold by ed.)
So, in 2004 we are informed that there is “certainly evidence of something,” in regards to the Higgs boson, and in 2012 we are informed that the Higgs boson “almost certainly” does exist. Both statements certainly are fine explanations as to why the phrase “almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades” came into being.