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New particle spotted on Tristan da Cuhna island

CERN scientists announced today a new particle was just discovered. It was found on Tristan da Cunha, a volcanic island located roughly half way between Brazil and South Africa in the South Atlantic.

A sign on Tristan da Cunha claims it is the remotest island on Earth, being located half way between Brazil and South Africa.

“We have been looking for new particles everywhere for years. Who would have thought one was hiding on the remotest place on Earth!” said a befuddled James Gillies, spokesperson for CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research.

The new particle, called a foolion, had been proposed by theorists to explain how elementary particles could attract so much attention.

CERN received a tip about this sighting from the crew of a small Canadian sailboat that passed by the island last month. Scientists from the ATLAS and CMS collaborations are now studying the possibility of moving their detectors to the island of Tristan da Cunha to confirm the findings.

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  • stimpj

    O Long Johnson!

  • Amar

    You got me there…Foolion. Good one!

  • Georgijs

    Good one. XD

  • Nice april-foorl jaoke!

  • Gary Anderson

    The name of the particle and the date give this away. Anyway how could any serious physics be done in a remote place like Edinburgh of the Seven Seas that has a population of just over 100 people.

  • Fun Police

    And people say physicists don’t have a sense of humour

  • Martin

    A foolion!

    Nice try for April fools day, we are having a big bang here in Stourbridge UK too!!!

  • The Internet savvy jerk inside me knew it was April first and was bracing for impact, but the physics nerd inside me got overexcited with breathless anticipation.


  • Rajiv

    “foolion” ha ha. That was funny. 🙂

  • Harry Doherty

    Foolion? Really? I could already tell by the headline that this was a joke, but nice try. I can’t wait tluntil a new particle actually is discovered.

  • Tiuri68

    Eeeehm? Aprils foolion?

  • Robert Andrew

    Happy April’s Fool Day to you too!
    Best wishes, keep up the good work on all other days of the year

  • Full Of Oversize Light Intense Solar Haze

  • Robyn

    Happy April Fools day!

  • David Dewar

    Good one. Will be good if the news agencies pick this up!

  • Daniel Ascanius

    April the first, almost believable at first! 😀

    Foolion blew it though 😀

  • Ruurd Pels

    That particle should be renamed. to aprilfoolion. I betcha it is only detectable on a particular day of the year…

  • Faisal Alsayegh

    This is April fool!

  • Tis Aner

    Hey that’s mine! Cheap dimestore calculator I strapped on to the side of the Lego accelerator divided by zero and things got a little crazy, ended up losing the packet. Next time I’ll probably make it into a circle and take away the ramp.

    Can you post it back to me?

  • Lidia

    The Higgs boson should learn from the Foolion… So easy to spot!

  • Jacob

    The Foolion particle shall destroy us all!

  • Karen Vallade

    Is this a joke? Foolion- never heard of Tristan da Cunha. Then I get an alert on my phone that this place just had an earthquake. Odd to see this place twice in one day.

  • Droolio

    Exciting in its awesomeness!! April 1st will go down in history; it’s definitely gonna be an annual holiday for me!

  • Rafael

    It is historically a bit cruel to use the name Tristan for a high energy experiment that did not discover anything real. Even in a joke,

  • jones

    No, it was pathetic. Would have been original and fresh in the 1970s.

  • Sylvie


  • Pauline Gagnon

    Much less fun, given that a volcano nearly destroyed everything there not so long ago. I hope everybody is safe…