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In which any semblance of a doubt that I am a physics geek vanishes
I learned yesterday (via strangefrontier) that plush toy subatomic particles exist. Clearly and obviously, these are the sort of thing that I absolutely need to own. A world in which these exist but I do not own any is a sad, sad world indeed. The only problem is, though, that I can't decide which ones I want most.

Individually, my favourite ones are the neutrinos and the strange quark. But then I also think what if I had two up quarks, two down quarks, an electron and an electron neutrino? Then I'd be able to play at beta decay! Or I could get an up quark, an antidown antiquark and a gluon, which combine to form a ρ+ – a rho meson (though I'm not sure how I could indicate that I wanted it to be a ρ and not a pion). Or I could just get a full set of quarks, for the fun with different masses. Or... or.. or...

Help! Which ones should I get?

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Well, strictly from a physics perspective1, the gluon is clearly the cutest. But the strange quark has three eyes, and that is a considerable enticement.

Of course, if you like your stuffed whatses to serve more than one purpose, you might consider the resemblance between the z boson and Blinky: if you got tired of playing with subatomic particles you'd have the option of pretending you lived in a live-action video game instead.

1 *cough*

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