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25 Things About CERN

Cosmic VarianceBy JoAnne HewettFeb 28, 2009 6:50 PM

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RULES: Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people/entities to be tagged. You have to tag the person/entity who tagged you. If I tagged you, it's because I want to know more about you.

  1.  Mean free path is 10 meters before running into someone you know.

  2.  Atmosphere is charged.

  3.  Scenic views of the Alps.

  4.  Scenic views of the Jura.

  5.  Sooner or later you run into every physicist you know from every country.

  6.  The cafeteria is over-crowded at lunch.

  7.  The cafeteria is half-full of Americans.

  8.  The lab is fueled by coffee.

  9.  All business is conducted at the café.

  10. Constant stream of people in the hallways.

  11. Visitors get paid at the post office.

  12. Office space is scarce and offices are crowded.

  13. Offices could use a good coat of paint.

  14. The wooden benches in the theory conference room have a historic look to them, but are uncomfortable for long periods of time.

  15. Talks in the main auditorium can be translated into 4 different languages.

  16. There are more seminars than one can keep track of.

  17. It takes a dedicated effort to figure out how to use the washing machines in the hostel.

  18. You can hear the guy snoring in the room next to you in the hostel.

  19. The two large LHC detectors, ATLAS and CMS, are very different, and so are their tours.

  20. Everybody is holding their breadth.

  21. The main road to the lab is under construction.

  22. The streets in the lab are named after famous physicists.

  23. Tours for dignitaries, such as the King of Belgium, are routine.

  24. The cafeteria sells epoisses.

  25. Where else could a movie star start up a new accelerator???

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