Seen here cheesin' his physics-loving face off during an interview with the BBC, Stephen Hawking reacts to CERN's confirmation that the Higgs Boson particle has likely been found, and how he's out $100. Per ol' robot-voice himself:
This is an important result, and should be rewarded with a Nobel prize, but it is a pity in a way, because the great advances in physics came from experiments that gave results we didn't expect. For this reason, I had a bet with Gordon Kane of Michigan University that the next particle wouldn't be found. It seems I have just lost $100.
Dammit Stephen, I trusted you on that whole bet thing. Now I'm out $500. Not gonna lie, there were times yesterday when I felt like sending somebody to break your knees backwards before realizing you don't even need them. I was mad. Mad and drunk. You know, maybe this Hawking character isn't as smart as we thought he was after all. Or -- OR -- maybe he's pulling a WARNING, USUAL SUSPECTS SPOILER: Keyser Söze kinda deal. Man, I bet he can walk.
Hit the jump for the 1-minute interview.
Thanks to MetalMusick and James, who discover particles all the time they just don't brag about them because they're usually like dust and sand.