A physicist and engineer were roommates in college. One night a fire broke
out in their apartment. The engineer woke up first and saw the fire. He rem
embered the fire extinguisher in every unit, grabbed it and pulled the pin,
as instructed, and sprayed the fire with the sodium bicarbonate contained
Incredibly, the next night, the exact same fire sprung up in their apartmen
t. The physicist was the first to wake up this time. He saw the fire, saw t
he fire extinguisher, then went back to bed happy knowing there was a solut
ion to the problem.
Do you remember the Scrapheap Challenge (I think) with a team of
ex-servicemen where the NCO had better ideas than the officers (and, to
their credit, they let him get on with it).
I put a deliberately diverse team into the Great Egg Race first series
consisting of myself (as a young graduate scientist) with a line manager
and a technician. That was in the days when there was such a thing as a
lab tech. Not wishing to boast, but at least in the live practical we
beat the Harwell team of three "scientists".
On Thursday, 9 August 2018 18:45:54 UTC+1, Graham. wrote:
for me it's better with administration and the real world.
I've just had to send a guarded complaint about about the fire exit situation in the lab. Last time I did that was 7 years ago, do you think I'm repeating myself to often ?
In the tribology world, we had a version of the guillotine joke where
the victims were an English Tribologist, a Scottish Tribologist, and (of
course) an Irish Tribologist.
(To simplify somewhat, tribology is the science of friction, lubrication
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