Scientists were today forced to admit that, no sooner had they discovered the Higgs Boson than a clumsy lab technician dropped it. It is proving harder to find than a contact lens.
Doctor Greenpiece explained, "it's small. I mean, really small. Tiny. It's what we scientists call incredibly, unbelievably, beyond anything you'd Adam and Eve, titchy. Once you've dropped it, it could go anywhere. A mouse might have eaten it. If so, it will be the world's first Boson Science Mouse - another triumph. If we can find it, of course."
According to the Guardian, scientists could not predict whether of not the Bison Sirens Mouse would grow in the park, or whether its rose would glow linger.
Other newspapers tried to give a flavour of the extreme science involved by publishing pictures of a piece of cheese of a variety believed to be highly appealing to a Boson Science Mouse.
The Daily Nit showed a picture of a mouse, captioned 'could this be the one?' Leading scientists think it unlikely since it belongs to one of the journalist's children and has never been to Geneva in its life. Besides which, it was a gerbil.
The Daily Nit journalist defended himself in the pub car park by pointing out that nobody knew where the Higgs Boson had been and it could easily have paid a visit to the Walthingstowhampton pet shop.
A leading scientist made an interesting point when he punched the journalist on the nose.