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For the Mother-in-Law Who Has Everything: A Mini Black Hole

October 16, 2014

As every good son-in-law knows, Mother-in-Law Day is rapidly approaching.  It’s the fourth Sunday of this month, October 26th.

Mother-in-law (not shown actual size)


What-you haven’t started shopping yet?  The good presents may already be gone!

What do you get for the mother-in-law who has everything?  Under the laws of physics, it can only be something new that isn’t currently available in “nicer” gift shops.

Thanks to the friendly physicists who have created Europe’s Large Hadron Collider, an $8 billion machine that smashes protons together at the speed of light, there is something new in the universe; mini-black holes that could all get together and turn into a “matter-sucking maelstrom” someday, according to a law suit filed against them recently.  The physicists, not the black holes.  No lawyer with half a brain is going to file a lawsuit against a black hole.

Technically speaking, a black hole is a region of space in which the gravitational field is so powerful nothing can escape from it.  To get a feeling for what one is like, hold your hand up to a vacuum cleaner suction tube, flip the switch, then spiral inward along with light and hot gases from nearby orbiting stars.  Pretty neat, huh?

The new mini-black holes are being funded by top research universities.  Wouldn’t you know it–the people who have learned how to vacuum all the money out of our wallets for college tuition are using that knowledge to suck all life out of the universe.  Who says science doesn’t make our everyday lives better?  I mean, in addition to Tang.

Aside from their inherent wicked awesomeness, single-serving black holes are a great gift for a mother-in-law who already has a donut-maker and all the other counter-top appliances she’ll ever need.  Imagine your ”second mom’s” surprise when you hand her the gift box:

She already has one of these.


MOTHER-IN-LAW:  What’s this sweetie?

SON-IN-LAW:  Something I picked up for you for Mother-in-Law Day.

MOTHER-IN-LAW:  Well, that was awfully nice of you!


MOTHER-IN-LAW:  What’s this?

SON-IN-LAW:  A mini black hole!

MOTHER-IN-LAW:  Honey, you shouldn’t have!

SON-IN-LAW:  Aw, you’re worth it.


SON-IN-LAW:  Here–let me show you how to turn it on.

MOTHER-IN-LAW:  Does it need batteries?

SON-IN-LAW:  Two size D’s.  I already put them in.

MOTHER-IN-LAW:  You think of everything!

SON-IN-LAW:  Like the Boy Scouts say–be prepared.  Let’s turn it on “Low” for starters.


WIFE (from kitchen):  What’s that noise?

SON-IN-LAW:  I’m showing your mom how to use something that will keep her busy for a while.

WIFE: How long?  I’m about to put dinner on the table.

SON-IN-LAW:  Oh, until the end of all life in the universe as we know it.


Available in Kindle format on as part of the collection “Sci-Fi Kind of Guy.”

Con Chapman

I'm a Boston-area writer, author of The Year of the Gerbil, a history of the 1978 Red Sox-Yankees pennant race, and 50 books of humor including "Scooter & Skipper Blow Things Up!" by HumorOutcasts Press. My work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Christian Science Monitor and The Boston Globe among print outlets. "Rabbit's Blues," my biography of Johnny Hodges, Duke Ellington's long-time alto sax player, will be published by Oxford University Press in September.

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5 Responses to For the Mother-in-Law Who Has Everything: A Mini Black Hole

  1. Kathy Minicozzi
    October 18, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    The possibilities are endless! Think of what you could give an obnoxious ex-girlfriend: a cute black dress embroidered with little black holes!

    Kathy Minicozzi, whose imagination gets the better of her too often.

  2. October 16, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    Give her that gift and you’ll get a kick in Uranus.

  3. October 16, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    As the old saying goes, “Behind every successful husband is a shocked mother-in-law.”

  4. October 16, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    How about a hole(!) line of jewelry! A lovely necklace made of mini black holes, for those hard to please relatives. Stunning mini-black hole earrings for that annoying someone. Mini-black hole ear gauges for that snotty barista.

  5. October 16, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    So I guess it is inaccurate to say the sun rises and sets around you as a son-in-law. We should say, the world gets blacker because she knows you? Hm. That doesn’t sound right.

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