Scientists announcing the discovery of the Higgs boson particle at Cern have slightly marred the most significant scientific advance in 40 years by choosing a bad font for the presentation.

Comic Sans - the widely-derided text style infamous for its cheerful, rounded corners - was selected by researchers at Cern for a presentation of the findings.

On Twitter observers were furious - in a largely tongue-in-cheek way - that the font had been chosen for such a momentous announcement.

Within an hour of the news 'Comic Sans' was trending higher on Twitter than 'God Particle'.


Cosmin TRG
They used Comic Sans on the Higgs Boson powerpoint presentation... Nope there is no hope for mankind.


HAL 9000
CERN's Higgs presentation just added weight to the theory that Comic Sans is a terrible font.


fred_SSC
Dear : Every time you use Comic Sans on a powerpoint, God kills the Schrödinger's cat;Please think of the cat

Even the font's creator, Vincent Connare, was angry at the choice:


But Professor Brian Cox, who works on one experiment at Cern, defended the choice.

The controversy is nothing new - in 2011 a similarly furious reaction was seen during another key announcement by Cern researchers.

After the outcry, HufffPost blogger and freelance journalist Robert Urquhart wrote: "The reaction to the use of Comic Sans in such a prestigious announcement was akin to many as a social faux-pas on a scale of open flies or a small amount of faecal matter on one's cheek and threatened to overpower the statement on the very centre of our existence."


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