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Higgs Boson
'Can't you just use the LHC you already built to find it again?' 'We MAY have disassembled it to build a death ray.' 'Just one, though.' 'Nothing you should worry about.' 'The death isn't even very serious.'
Title text: 'Can't you just use the LHC you already built to find it again?' 'We MAY have disassembled it to build a death ray.' 'Just one, though.' 'Nothing you should worry about.' 'The death isn't even very serious.'

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This comic is a play on the term "finding" in terms of particles. The actual usage would mean to discover or observe the particle. Instead, Cueball and Ponytail claim that they "lost" the Higgs Boson, so they need money to "find" it again.

In the title text, the offscreen questioner wonders why Cueball and Ponytail can't use the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) again to re-find the particle, rather than needing another $3 billion. In fact the pair have already taken the LHC apart, and converted it into a death ray. The platitudes offered afterwards mimic those used to placate those who were worried about the possible consequences of the LHC, in particular the occurance of black holes.

Transcript

Voice Offscreen: Tell us about your proposal.
Ponytail: We're requesting $3 billion in funding to find the Higgs boson.

Voice Offscreen: ...wait. Didn't you already find it a year or two ago?
Cueball: Yes, well, um.

Ponytail: ...OK, this is embarrassing.
Cueball: See, the thing is —

Voice Offscreen: Don't tell us you lost it already.
Ponytail: Look.
Ponytail: In our defense, it's really small.

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