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End Of Universe Slightly Less Likely Than Jets Winning Super Bowl

Apparently the Jets winning the Super Bowl may have cosmic consequences.

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According to Yahoo News, the end of the universe is only slightly less likely than the Jets winning the Super Bowl.

In an article about physicist Stephen Hawking and his worries about the Higgs Boson (the recently discovered so called "God Particle" that gives other sub-atomic particles their mass), Yahoo discusses Hawking's speculation that the Higgs Boson could bring about the complete destruction of the universe.  According to Hawking:

The Higgs potential has the worrisome feature that it might become metastable at energies above 100bn gigaelectronvolts (GeV).

This could mean that the universe could undergo catastrophic vacuum decay, with a bubble of the true vacuum expanding at the speed of light. This could happen at any time and we wouldn't see it coming.  [However,] a particle accelerator that reaches 100bn GeV would be larger than Earth, and is unlikely to be funded in the present economic climate.

So far that sounds like a lot of pretty technical physicist talk for "The end is near" right?  But where it all gets put into proper perspective is in Yahoo's take on Hawking's work.  According to Yahoo,

In essence, then, his fears might be theoretically valid, but their likelihood of actually coming to pass is somewhat smaller than that of the New York Jets winning the next Super Bowl.

So there you have it folks.  The chances of the Jets winning the Super Bowl this year, according to Yahoo, are only somewhat better than the chances of the entire universe being destroyed by the Higgs Boson.  I sure hope the former happens long enough before the latter that we can all enjoy a celebratory thread on GGN first.