Long, long ago, in a galaxy far, far away … wait a minute. This is here and now.
On April 1, 2015.
Ah, now we get it.
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory had more than a little fun in its April Fools’ Day issue of Fermilab Today, sharing stories on a new breakfast food called “Neutrin-O’s” (“Trillions in every bite!”), announcing a partnership with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District to build a giant particle accelerator/stormwater drainage ring around the Chicago area with an acronym CARP, and revealing a picture of the Loch Ness Monster in Swan Lake on the Fermilab campus.
It’s hard to pick a favorite among the lampoons, but CERN’s discovery of the Force is right up there.
“Very impressive, this result is,” said a diminutive green spokesperson for the laboratory.
There’s also a very clever video mimicking the old Bob Newhart Show, an announcement that a Fermilab day spa is set to open this summer and a guest essay from a high-level official with the Office of Integrated Planning and Performance Management.
The detail that went into this issue is impressive, to say the least. Some of the announcements include:
- Extraterrestrial attracted to Fermilab project
- Sleep pods make it into the Campus Master Plan
- Love and joy come to physics playground
- Coyote population to be kept in check
- Bright new individual joins Mu2e
It is a multimedia extravaganza worthy of the Onion, and delivered right here in Kane County, IL.