Len Fisher [pictured here], who was awarded the 1999 Ig Nobel Prize in physics for calculating the optimal way to dunk a biscuit, has advice for a scientist who is confident to his very shorts that the neutrinos-travel-faster-than-light reports will turn out to be in error.
Dr. Fisher wrote a letter that’s published in The Guardian (on Nov 25):
If neutrinos can travel faster than light, Jim Al-Khalili will eat his boxer shorts (Comment, 23 November). As a scientist who has advised leading chefs, the correct way to eat boxer shorts is to heat them to carbonisation in a closed, oven-proof dish and then sprinkle the ash on a rare porterhouse steak. At least, the charcoal will help to cure the indigestion that can arise from having to eat one’s words.
BONUS: Dr. Fisher’s latest book seems pertinent, perhaps, to the discussion, and perhaps to every discussion of anything, anywhere, at any time, with anyone, more or less.