You just haven't heard it explained the right way.
[I hate that so many people feel stupid about math and science. Math and science are beautiful]
Gary Corby, my amazing client, who writes mysteries set in the mean streets of ancient Athens also writes beautifully about matters of the modern age.
Here's his blog post on the Higgs boson. Since I'm one of the folks who tweeted to Gary about this a while back, I take 15% of the credit for his fun elegant explanation.