Is All Science Humour Punny?

I wrote this on my lab’s blackboard about a month ago:

Lab Blackboard1

I was curious about what sort of jokes the my lab mates and users would come up with. A variety have been written and erased – some funny, but most punny. It got me thinking about science humour. From my grade school days, I remember how almost every exposure I had to science humour was one pun after another. Some of you might remember…

Q: What do you call a laboratory in which they use rats as test-animals?
A: A Lab-rat-ory

Q: What did the male stamen say to the female pistil?
A: I like your “style”

Don’t leave it to biologists – physicists and chemists have their own gold:

Oxidants happen.

Q: What sound does a sick duck make?
A: Quark!

I’d love to see other puns from all of you. I’ll start it off with a water-related pun I wringed out of my brain…

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Dave Semeniuk spends hours locked up in his office, thinking about the role the oceans play in controlling global climate, and unique ways of studying it. He'd also like to shamelessly plug his art practice: davidsemeniuk.com

5 Responses to “Is All Science Humour Punny?”

  1. J.J.S. Boyce

    Remember, if you’re not part of the solution you’re part of the precipitate.

    Until we get back our quantum mechanics grades, we’ve both passed and failed.

    It’s all relative.

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