This page containing 5 one-page explanations of the Higgs boson reminds me of a quote from one of my favorite television shows, LEXX:
790: "This is a classic type 13 planet, which typically destroys itself at this stage of its development."
790: "Sometimes through war, often through environmental catastrophe. But more commonly, a type 13 planet is inadvertently collapsed into a pea-sized object by scientists attempting to determine the mass of the Higgs boson particle."
I should know better, but I confess that high-energy particle physics really does make me nervous sometimes. Not just me, either: several years ago "concerned citizens" convinced the government to convince the good people at Brookhaven National Labs to investigate the possibility that the Brookhaven Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider might cause problems such as:
- Creation of a black hole that would "eat" ordinary matter.
- Initiation of a transition to a new, more stable universe.
- Formation of a "strangelet" that would convert ordinary matter to a new form.