Dance Your Ph.D.
November 29, 2008 3:48 PM   Subscribe

A problem seeking a scientific solution:

A man had just been laid off from work and abandoned by his wife. He was standing on the railing of a high bridge getting ready to jump off, when he happened to look down and see a little man with no arms dancing all around on the river bank below.

He thought, "Life isn't so bad after all," and got off the railing.

He then walked down to the river bank to thank the little man for saving his life.

"Thank you," he said. "I was going to jump off that bridge and kill myself, but when I saw you dancing even though you have no arms, I changed my mind."

"Dancing? I'm not dancing!" the armless man replied bitterly... "My asshole itches, and I can't scratch it!"
posted by netbros at 4:02 PM on November 29, 2008 [1 favorite]

Wow. That's...I can't decide if being in a field seen as flighty and nonsensical makes me more inclined to mock this or give my appreciation for, uh, new ways of modeling information.
posted by theefixedstars at 5:16 PM on November 29, 2008

i love it! who knew scientists could dance?
posted by msconduct at 5:22 PM on November 29, 2008

Writing about music is like dancing about resolving pathways of functional coupling in human hemoglobin using quantitative low-temperature isoelectric focusing of asymmetric mutant hybrids. Which is to say, a wonderful idea.
posted by pracowity at 10:50 PM on November 29, 2008 [1 favorite]

I am amazed.
posted by polexa at 11:06 PM on November 29, 2008

If it wasn't for metafilter I would forget about this competition every year and would miss things like the video from the runner up in the grad student category. Yay for metafilter!
posted by fshgrl at 12:36 AM on November 30, 2008

Everybody science now!
posted by fallingbadgers at 1:52 AM on November 30, 2008 [1 favorite]

Every year this sounds like this will be great. And every year I'm disappointed because I don't understand science portrayed through dancing.

Although I do hope that the one that fshgrl pointed out are scientists who's fallback jobs are circus performers.
posted by garlic at 7:24 AM on November 30, 2008

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