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Scientists tell us their favourite jokes:
Guardian (UK), by Staff

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Posted By:fleetusa, 12/31/2013 8:25:42 AM

Science is a very serious business, so what tickles a rational mind? In a not very scientific experiment, we asked a sample of great minds for their favourite jokes. Physics- Two theoretical physicists are lost at the top of a mountain. Theoretical physicist No 1 pulls out a map and peruses it for a while. Then he turns to theoretical physicist No 2 and says: "Hey, I've figured it out. I know where we are." "Where are we then?" "Do you see that mountain over there?" "Yes." "Well… THAT'S where we are."

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Redneck In NY, 12/31/2013 8:37:43 AM     (No. 9673894)

Scientist: Hey, didja hear the one about climate change?

Best joke going in the pointy-head circles.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: snakeoil, 12/31/2013 8:46:00 AM     (No. 9673910)

If those are their favorite jokes, I hope I never hear their turkeys. The best punch line to why did the chicken cross the Mobius strip: to get to the same side.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: horacer, 12/31/2013 8:47:15 AM     (No. 9673912)

I love the limerick.

If the integral of 1 over x equals log x + c then the integral of 1 over cabin equals log cabin + c. And when you add c to a log cabin you get a houseboat.



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Reply 4 - Posted by: Mass Minority, 12/31/2013 9:08:09 AM     (No. 9673952)

As a scientist I found many of these quite funny.



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Reply 5 - Posted by: jackburton, 12/31/2013 9:30:45 AM     (No. 9673977)

Our friends across the pond have the same spell checkers we do, sort of.

It´s "Your round: as in, your turn to buy.

No one has any idea whether an electron is round or not.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: sternben, 12/31/2013 9:31:35 AM     (No. 9673981)

Why did you major in metalurgy? So I could tell virgin metal from any common ore.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 12/31/2013 9:31:55 AM     (No. 9673983)

As a manic-depressive, I had mixed feelings about most of them.

.....but settled on the chemical limericks

as the best.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Attercliffe, 12/31/2013 9:36:32 AM     (No. 9673990)

To get this into the category, I´ll make the questioner a behavioral scientist.

BS: Do you have difficulty making up your mind?

Pt: Well. . . yes and no.

Joke is over 47 years old, origin lost in the mists of time, but heard it first in England.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: bldrrepub, 12/31/2013 9:47:16 AM     (No. 9674001)

I´d tell you a chemistry joke, but all the good ones argon.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: gartenfrau, 12/31/2013 9:53:05 AM     (No. 9674007)

Thanks for posting this. I enjoyed them and shared them! In nursing school we learned this poem:
TB or not TB. That is congestion. Consumption be done about it? Of cough, of cough, but not for a lung lung time.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: tren9, 12/31/2013 10:01:16 AM     (No. 9674021)

In my experience, an extremely high percentage of high-IQ people are lexdiscic.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: cjjeepercreeper, 12/31/2013 10:09:29 AM     (No. 9674029)

Thanks for posting, started my day off right. I especially love the one about the monks!

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Reply 13 - Posted by: kanphil, 12/31/2013 10:13:33 AM     (No. 9674036)

I love corny jokes--always have. Even though I do not fully comprehend some of these, they are fun! Thanks for the post.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: OdinsAcolyte, 12/31/2013 10:57:26 AM     (No. 9674109)

Hey. That first joke in the article is funny...


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Reply 15 - Posted by: geoguy, 12/31/2013 11:32:25 AM     (No. 9674160)

I thought they were very funny. I guess that´s why I´m the only one I know who likes to watch "The Big Bang Theory". I laugh while the others look bored or stone-faced.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Rather Read, 12/31/2013 11:44:21 AM     (No. 9674180)

Alas for poor little Johnny
We´ll never see Johnny no more
Because what he thought was H2O
Was H2So4

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Reply 17 - Posted by: duhem, 12/31/2013 12:17:15 PM     (No. 9674228)

yo #3...integral of d(log cabin)/log cabin = log cabin + c.
and here´s a limerick from my Caltech days:
"There once was a lady named Bright
Who could travel faster than light.
She started out one day,
and returned the previous night."
Happy New Year all!

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Reply 18 - Posted by: duhem, 12/31/2013 12:24:33 PM     (No. 9674239)

I goofed...here´s the correct limerick:

There once was a lady named Bright
Who could travel faster than light.
She started out one day,
In a relative way,
And returned the previous night."

Happy New Year all!

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Reply 19 - Posted by: StuartL, 12/31/2013 1:52:33 PM     (No. 9674351)

One of the favorite catch-phrases around the L household, invariably uttered whenever a knotty problem arises, is "Assume a spherical chicken..."

As for the shaggier stories, one of the very first ones I ever heard is still the best. Two sodium atoms are out for a stroll in the park. Suddenly one stops, turns to the other, and says "Oh, dear. I think I´ve lost an electron."

The other one asks "Really? Are you sure?"

And the first one replies, "Yes, I´m positive."



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Reply 20 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 12/31/2013 4:17:09 PM     (No. 9674494)

Two plus two equals five
for sufficiently large values of two.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: cheeflo, 12/31/2013 4:33:59 PM     (No. 9674515)

Sidney Harris is a master of this brand of humor.

http://star.psy.ohio-state.edu/coglab/Miracle.html

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