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Monday, August 1, 2011

Monday Funnies [Full link to blog for email clients.][FT:C44]

The Hungarian biochemist Albert Szent-Gyorgyi won the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1937.   His research focussed on Vitamin C.  We once defined a vitamin as:  "A substance that makes you ill if you don't eat it!"

A couple of my favorite (paraphrased) Szent-Gyorgyi quips are:

"Under the most precise conditions of environmental and behavioral control - the lab animal does what it damn-well pleases!"

"A drug is that substance, which when injected into an animal, produces a research paper."

Truer words were never sp- ..., well, paraphrased.

Today's Monday Funnies is about humorous quotes about science.

SciScoop (, lists a page of science jokes and quips, but I didn't find them to be particularly scientific - more commentary and less humorous.  Basic Funny Jokes ( is a bit more on-topic.  There is also a list organized by topic at:

My favorites:

"We can lick gravity, but sometimes the paperwork is overwhelming." - Wehrner von Braun

"When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong." - Arthur C. Clarke

"The essence of life is statistical improbability on a colossal scale." - Richard Dawkins

"Basic research is like shooting an arrow into the air and, where it lands,
painting a target." - Homer Burton Adkins

"The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new
discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but rather 'hmm....that's funny...' " - Isaac Asimov

"Your theory is crazy...but it's not crazy enough to be true." - Neils Bohr

There are many more out there, and as time is short - I challenge you to find them. My apologies for irregularities in the posting schedule, but I am teaching for the next six weeks,therefore a good portion of my daily work has shifted to work in the evenings, at home.  This has somewhat limited the time available for blogging.  I promise to stick to the main schedule as much as possible, and to work on that backlog of comments on last week's blog posts.

I leave you with this final (humorous) thought: "I know that this defies the law of gravity, but, you see, I never studied law." - Bugs Bunny

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