Geology (or General Science) Humor


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Geology (or General Science) Humor

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Apr 12, 2007, 5:27pm

To start a topic, does anyone know of any good compilations of geology or science related humor? A Geological Miscellany is pretty good, and I am a big fan of the cartoons from Sydney Harris like Einstein Simplified.

I am always in search of books, websites, other things related to geology or science in general that are (intentionally) funny.

Apr 13, 2007, 4:45pm

Maybe this won't qualify as humor but I have a quote posted on my wall from Will Durant "Civilization exists by Geological decree subject to change without notice!'
When the creek in the canyon where we live floods as it has done frequently in the over 30 years we have lived there & the neighbors protest that the creek has eaten part of their pasture I tell them the the creek owns the flood plain (on which they happen to be living) & point to the sign on the wall. They don't nescessarily stop complaining but their arguments lose a whole lot of steam.
Geological ignorance in the general public runs rampant & there seems to be an attitude that someone--the Government or someboddy ought to do something about it.
If one lives on a floodplain, alluvial fan, barrier island, or some other sort of unstable non-permanent terrane; the government is not nescessarily the responsible party when the inevitalbe occurs. Information is out there for those who bother to look for it. The guy trying to sell you a piece of land should not be the only source of said information--of course he will tell you that it (A) never floods, or(B) hasn't flooded in a long time, or (C)the problem's been solved. Even zoning departments sometimes do not give enough information for an informed decision.
When I was a teaching assistant in college geology labs students would ask why they needed to know any of this stuff & I would suggest that some of it might prove useful in the event that they should ever purchase any real estate. They also asked why I was teaching them to read Topo maps & I would inquire if any of them liked to fish, hunt,or hike.etc. To reject any knowledge out of hand is just stupid. I'm still trying to stamp out a little ignorance! It's an uphill fight but I have not given up yet.

Edited: Apr 13, 2007, 5:05pm

Comparing Geologists w/Physicists

A Physicists will have 5 points of data & 1 working hypothesis while...
A Geologist will have 2 points of data & 3 working hypothesis!

Feb 11, 2008, 8:11pm

A Physicist, an Engineer, a Geologist and a Geophysicist were together and were asked "what is two plus two?" The Physicist said "Four". The Engineer said "four point zero,zero, zero." The geologist said "somewhere between three and five". The Geophysicist took the potential client away and whispered" What do you want it to be?"

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Feb 23, 2008, 12:05pm

Which of the following does not belong: a lobster, a fish, a crab, or a Chinese man flattened by a steamroller?

Answer: the fish - the rest are all crustaceans (or crushed asians)

Feb 23, 2008, 9:16pm

#3-5: These are great. Helenoel, too funny. I work at a seismic company, I might have to send that around my office.

Feb 27, 2008, 9:13pm

#6; you are welcome to it- I stole it from someone else. It is almost not a joke- Too true!

Feb 28, 2008, 12:38am

This is biochem and not geology, but what do you get if you take glucose and replace the carbon atoms with iron?

A ferrous wheel.

Mar 3, 2008, 5:32pm

#8, that is hilarious!

May 19, 2008, 3:17pm

To the tune of "Oh Christmas Tree":

What is it rules the upper crust?

Isostasy, Isostasy!

What actuates the overthrust?

Isostasy, Isostasy!

What gives the shorelines wanderlust?

And grinds the mountains into dust?

And makes the strongest stratum bust?

Isostasy, Isostasy!

Jun 20, 2008, 3:37pm

These are great! The 2+2 one made me think of another:

An Evolutionary Biologist, a Christian Fundamentalist, and an Environmentalist were having a discussion about the origin of the species. The Evolutionary Biologist said it's obvious we evolved and share common ancestry with other primates! The Fundamentalist said that's hooey - the Bible says we were created on the 6th day in the Garden of Eden! Then the Environmentalist stepped in and said, "you're both wrong! Humans were created by the Army Corps of Engineers!" "How do you figure that?" they replied. "Well, who else would build a waste disposal facility and a recreation area right next door to each other?!"

hee hee hee


Aug 5, 2008, 6:35pm

Another cartoonist who focuses on science is Nick Downes.