Stuff scientists say

Finally, a science-themed entry in the "Shit ______ say" meme. Science journalist Ferris Jabr and friends put this together and it's pretty funny. Reminds me a conversation I had earlier this week with a friend about her brother's social insect research. Another thing scientists say, "The hissing cockroach experiment is not going according to plan."

Bonus: Watch for a slide that references a previous scienceLOL you may remember.

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  1. All in all, kinda meh, but I definitely related to the wasting of time with computer games, the use of the word stochastic, and the bit about “more research is needed.”

  2. I can’t believe they left out the real shit, no self respecting scientist could do without an ‘in conclusion’ slide beside an abstract of course… Everything in between is inconsequential, because nobody reads it!

  3. That’s about right, except for the cultures being kept in the same refrigerator as actual food. 

  4. They missed out on a big one: ‘Trivial”.
    My wife is a theoretical physicist and I’ve never been to any party with her and her colleagues and not overheard someone at some point saying either “but that’s trivial!!!!” (in exasperated tones) referring to someone else’s work or “It’s pretty non-trivial dude…” (very serious tones) referring to their own.

    1. A physics professor told me about a class by some famous physicist. The teacher said “It is easy to show that…”

      A student asked “Professor, *is* it easy to show that?”

      The teacher wrote for a while, then left the room. He came back 15 minutes later and said, “Yes, it’s easy.”

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