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You might find it strange
To speak to an ancient Siberian brassiere.
I could fix your car,
But I'll surely break the laws there.
News of me has recently been big,
Though that doesn't make sense at all.
You couldn't see me wave,
Because I'm actually very small.

What am I?

Include your reasoning for each clue (each line is a clue.)

Hint

Line 2: The language is dying quickly.

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Answer:

Quantum Mechanics

You might find it strange

Reference to Strange quark, or possibly the seemingly strange behavior of matter at the quantum scale.

To speak to an ancient Siberian brassiere.

Reference to bra-ket notation used in Quantum Mechanics. Ket is an ancient Siberian language which is dying out. "Bra" is short for brassiere.

I could fix your car,

A mechanic fixes your car.

But I'll surely break the laws there.

Physics at the quantum scale seems to break the macro-scale laws of physics

News of me has recently been big,

Interest in QM continues to rise...

Though that doesn't make sense at all.

QM has to do with things that are small not big

You couldn't see me wave,

QM has a lot to do with understanding wave functions in objects too small to see.

Because I'm actually very small.

Again, QM deals with the very small

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  • $\begingroup$ Correct! For the 5th clue, I was specifically referencing this, but of course there are plenty of other relevant articles. $\endgroup$ – mbomb007 May 17 '16 at 21:51
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You might find it strange
To speak to an ancient Siberian brassiere.

Okay, let's say that this is about

getting information from an decaying (old) radioactive isotope (icy top)


I could fix your car,
But I'll surely break the laws there.

And we'll guess that this means it's

connected with something a car needs, like oil or gas, but also legally questionable behaviors or incidents.


News of me has recently been big,
Though that doesn't make sense at all.

And this is likely intimating that

current articles exist about this isotope (small particle)


You couldn't see me wave,
Because I'm actually very small.

Which means this is just

more hints at this being a radioactive particle, possibly emitting waves.


Thus, my guess is we're referring to

Radioactive isotopes reveal age of oil and gas wastewater spills

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  • $\begingroup$ Nope. Also, each line is a separate hint (clarification added to question.) This riddle is probably the most difficult one I've posted yet. $\endgroup$ – mbomb007 May 12 '16 at 0:31
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Are you:

Oil(Crude Oil)/ Natural gas?

You might find it strange
To speak to an ancient Siberian brassiere.

Crude oils/ Natural gas are fossil fuels. Fossil fuels takes thousands of years to form hence the ancient. Siberia brassiere might refer to oil reserve in Siberia.

I could fix your car,
But I'll surely break the laws there.

Oil/ gas is necessary to fix/ refuel your car, but refueling you car with Siberian oil/ gas might be illegal due to sanctions imposed by US on it after the Ukraine crisis. Example

News of me has recently been big,
Though that doesn't make sense at all.

Crude oil/ natural gas has recently been in News due to huge fall/ fluctuation in its global price. It doesn't make sense because this is a primary source of fuel for all over the world and should be in large demand at all times.

You couldn't see me wave,
Because I'm actually very small.

Wave maybe related to huge production wave. We cannot see production wave for oil and gas because it is a natural resource and is very scarce.

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  • $\begingroup$ Nope. As I already said, there are 8 separate clues, one for each line. $\endgroup$ – mbomb007 May 12 '16 at 21:13
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Are you:

A hadron?

You might find it strange

hadrons are made up of strange quarks

To speak to an ancient Siberian brassiere.

not sure about this, but protons and neutrons are examples of hadrons, and they make up molecules on Earth, including those in brassieres.

I could fix your car,

a car requires protons and neutrons to function

But I'll surely break the laws there.

cars and hadrons obey different laws of physics at different scales

News of me has recently been big,

Large Hadron Collider

Though that doesn't make sense at all.

subatomic physics is foreign to most people

You couldn't see me wave,

particle-wave duality?

Because I'm actually very small.

subatomic particle

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  • $\begingroup$ Not what I was thinking of. You're in the right general direction, though. The 2nd clue is the hardest. $\endgroup$ – mbomb007 May 12 '16 at 21:14

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