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I went to a party this weekend as Dark Matter. Really, you just need to be dressed in all black and armed with the explanation for the other guests that "It's really okay they didn't guess it. Nobody really understands dark matter."

I've got some suggestions for how to do the BEC costume. Of course, I could leave them here, but I have my own blog, with an insatiable need for content...

So, consider this a manual TrackBack ping:

I went to a party once as a quantum mechanic. Even with the high geek quotient of the attendees, nobody guessed it.

What does a quantum mechanic do? I drew a cartoon about it:

This is what I'm talking about: great physics-themed Halloween costumes (and definitely follow Chad's link for his idea for a group BEC costume). The only problem with being Dark Matter is that it doesn't interact much at all with others. Could be a very lonely party.

Excellent nerdy costume ideas but I think they're just too abstract for general audience Halloween parties. I prefer a good old fashion zombie Hawking.

"We could make jokes about top and bottom here, but that would just be tasteless. Please resist the temptation yourselves and aspire to a higher brand of humor."

Yeah, quark jokes just aren't a good flavor of humor. We need to bring them up to a higher level of taste; I'm not down with this mindless juvenility. You might think such remarks are charming, but honestly they're just strange.


Inspiration struck !

Carry a conductor's baton and wear a hula hoop around your waist and
you are a SuperConducting Supercollider for the night.

I Love your blog.

I usually wear Fermat's Last Costume. (I go in street clothes, and explain that I have the most marvelous costume, but it doesn't fit.)

A couple at a party over the weekend came as Castor and Pollux. They both dressed in black jumpsuits with little light bulbs arranged meticulously to create the constellation when they stood in the right position. That was pretty awesome.
If you wanted to combine the Standard Model idea with the general "things interacting" theme, and you wanted a costume that only a physicist would get, and probably even then only after explanation, you could have a three people go as the ZZ-top vertex (Yes, I know it's not an interaction that actually happens, but it should be). And seeing whether people found it funny once it had been explained might be a good test of whether or not they had passed their Schwarzchild drink.

I dressed as an irrational number. Essentially I just wore mismatched clothes and wore a nametag that said, "Hello, my name is RT2 (in symbol form)".

A linear (out)fit works fine al well

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