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Rob Knoops | CERN / University of Leuven | Belgium

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April fool’s lands on CERN

Apart from the usual jokes on Quantum Diaries (See for example the blog posts of Kyle, Byron, Aidan, Alexey), this year’s April fool’s had quite some remarkable ‘fish’ worth mentioning:

On the official website CERN announced they were going to switch to comic sans, featuring a video of ATLAS spokesperson Fabiola Gianotti. The use of comic sans in the slides of the Higgs discovery in 2012 caused quite a commotion.

Also on the CERN website, it was announced that new parking rules will be enforced at all entrance gates, allowing only cars whose digits on the number plate is odd (even) on odd (even) days, respectively. With these new rules it seems to be more advantageous to have an ‘odd’ licence plate (Some months end on 31 which is odd, followed by the first day of the next month, which is odd again).

There is a vacant position for Director General of CERN coming up, you can apply here. In fact, I am not even completely sure whether this is an April fool’s joke or not, is it?

Then there was google, launching an app to catch wild pokemon. Of course, CERN is indicated as a pokelab on the map.

My friend Andri seemed to have written a paper together with Peter Higgs. I wonder how I could have ever overlooked the paper with A. Turing in the references.

Finally, building 27 seemed to have suffered some damage and the coffee will be more expensive as of April 1st (which unfortunately seems not to be a April fool’s joke).

Have I missed any? Please put them in the comments or tweet to @KnoopsRob.

CERN as a pokelab on google's pokemon app

CERN as a pokelab on google’s pokemon app

The coffee will be more expensive as of April 1st (note a joke), thanks to Alex Brown for pointing this out.

The coffee will be more expensive as of April 1st (not a joke), thanks to Alex Brown for pointing this out.

April fool's arrives in Building 27

April fool’s arrives in Building 27