November 11, 1974

On This Date in! in 1974 Samuel Ting of MIT and Burton Richter of the Brookhaven National Laboratory announced in separate news conferences the discovery of the J/Psi meson, a heretofore undiscovered subatomic particle. Ting and Richter decided to forego the traditional knife-fight dance-off, ala Jets vs Sharks, and agreed to share this discovery and they were subsequently both awarded the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize in Physics. MIT to this day claims that if a dance-off had happened, they would have been the Jets and Brookhaven would have been regulated to the less desirable Sharks. The physicists at Brookhaven sent MIT a one word missive in response. All it said was “nerds”.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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