"Want a new scientific advancement?" they shriek. "Look at me! Me, me! Over HERE!"
and obligingly the scientist carries out his experiment, or makes his prototype, and finds electrons at the front of the stage putting on a tremendous show of unearthly capabilities. Here are a few examples:
The Double Slit: "You wanna know who can go one better than photons? Me, me, ME!!!"
The Microscope: "Think you can see stuff down those little tubes full of glass? Try Me, I can kick that ass 1,000 times!!"
The Television: "Wanna know how you can see cool stuff in your own living room? I gotta solution! Cathode rays!"
The Plasma Television: "Still firing guns with cathode rays? Get with it, Go Plasmic! More of ME In There!"
Plasma: "now that's really cool. I mean, cool. Freezing me out of the water? No chance. Here's a cupla questions..."
here's The Guardian's take on it.
Lest we forget, Carbon atoms have 6 electrons, 6 protons, and 6 neutrons. That's 666, which could be rather important in the great scheme of human belief systems.
For a story and a couple of halves, there's more behind the picture....