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Higgs Boson Discovery Announcement Made In Comic Sans

04/07/2012 10:19 | Updated 03 September 2012

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'.

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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