Academic to ‘Eat Shorts’ If Einstein Proven Wrong, Times Reports

Sept. 24 (Bloomberg) -- The University of Surrey’s Jim al-Khalili will eat his boxer shorts on television if scientists from CERN prove Albert Einstein wrong, the professor of physics wrote in the London-based Times.

CERN, the European Council for Nuclear Research, this week revealed research that casts doubt on Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity and its central tenet that nothing exceeds the speed of light, the newspaper reported.

Al-Khalili said it is more likely that there is an error in the data from CERN’s experiment which is said to show that neutrinos, ghostly subatomic particles, have broken the speed of light.

“I would be so excited that the humiliation of eating my shorts in public would be a small price to pay,” al-Khalili wrote in the newspaper.

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