19 November 2007

On airplanes...

I keep telling people this, and they never believe me: If I'm on an airplane and the guy next to me starts talking, if I want to keep talking I tell him I'm an astronomer, and if I want to sleep I tell him I'm a physicist. Well, now I have independent proof!



Seriously, all astrophysicists discover this independently. The first time we hear someone else say it we're not at all surprised to find out that someone else came to the same conclusion on their own. It's like gravity - lots of people discovered it. I can't wait till someone comes up with So-And-So's Laws of Airplane Boredom that describe WHY. ;)

(And of course, I usually then have to go and spoil things by telling the other person that astronomy doesn't involve looking through telescopes at stars, but instead looking at computers and programming.)

2 comments:

Allison said...

OK, I read that as "If I'm on an airplane and the guy next to me starts talking, if I want to keep talking I tell him I'm an astronomer, and if I want to sleep with him I tell him I'm a physicist."

Believe me, this made for a very confusing moment as I tried to conceptualize a world where this statement made sense.

But yes, as usual, Ph.D. says it all. God I wish it'd been around when I was in grad school.

zandperl said...

Physicists are Phun!
Physicists do it with simple harmonic motion.
Hey baby, what's your resonance frequency?
Aw man, I wanna integrate those curves of yours...

http://www.physics.bc.edu/sps/pickup.html