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Maybe this article left you with one more nagging question: Can anything besides a particle go through an accelerator? To which the scientists at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory said, "Of course. How about a ferret?"

Don't call PETA yet. First off, they weren't accelerating Felicia the ferret near the speed of light. (Yes, she had a name. Come on, it's not a farm.) Instead, they were using her as a maid. Ferrets are known for burrowing and inching their way through tight spaces. Felicia had a rag of cleaning solution tied to her collar by scientists, who let her Swiffer her way through the narrow pipes before they were connected during construction [source: Gustafson]. (They eventually got a robot to clean the accelerator.)

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