Stephen Hawking made a bet on the fact that CERN wouldn't be able to find the Higgs boson, but instead he lost. In fact, the announcement cost him $100 dollars, as he made a bet that the results would be different.
“This is an important result, and should be rewarded with a Nobel prize, but it is a pity in a way, because the great advances in physics came from experiments that gave results we didn’t expect,’ Hawking said in an interview with the BBC.
“For this reason, I had a bet with Gordon Kane of Michigan University that the next particle wouldn’t be found. It seems I have just lost $100,’ concluded Hawking with a smile. You would have thought he would have bet on the fact that it would be found instead, right? Interview below: