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Geek Trivia: The Quibble of the Week for April 29, 2008

Two rare events: Switzerland causes trouble, and the Trivia Geek is blatantly wrong. (For wildly inaccurate values of <em>rare</em>.)

If you uncover a questionable fact or debatable aspect of this week's Geek Trivia, just post it in the discussion area of the article. Every week, yours truly will choose the best quibble from our assembled masses and discuss it in a future edition of Geek Trivia.

This week's quibble comes from the April 23, 2008 edition of Geek Trivia, "Data with destiny." TechRepublic members Dthiers and jim_tank nailed me for one of my more significant gaffes in recent memory, wherein I suggested the Swiss government wanted to block operation of the Large Hadron Collider. The later wrote:

"There is legal action out of the US, but I don't see any talk of a Swiss lawsuit in the news. I assume this may be a miss-reference to the Hawaii lawsuit until better confirmation. ... Otherwise I assume this may only be a blogger error, and not a purposeful attempt to confuse the issues."

An error it was, by me, in misreading a couple of primary sources (which I incorrectly perceived as stating that the Swiss government had become parties to the Hawaii suit; such was not the case). The post has been amended to more accurately reflect the...whatchacallit...actual facts. Sorry for the miscue, but that's why we solicit quibbles — so keep them coming!

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