Aunt: So, how do you like your new job?
Me: Oh, I love it! I am very confused and working very hard, but it is wonderful!
Aunt: What does the company that you work for make?
Me: Um, it’s not so much a company as a national laboratory. And they do not really make anything. I’m working on a particle accelerator.
Aunt: So … they make particle accelerators?
Me: (hesitantly) Not … really. There is not much of a market for those and I suspect that the only people who would buy them would be major world governments and super-villains. Most likely of the Bond variety.
I can just imagine Blofield buying a particle accelerator to place in his volcano base …!