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The Absurd Side of Science

Tired of reading papers? When Tim Lee came to the realization that academia was not for him, he took to the stage to tell jokes. "My act is a parody of a seminar," he tells the New York Times. "I think my audience is everyone from age 14 who is kind of nerdy to age 65 who is kind of nerdy." The Times piece ends:

A biologist walks into a comedy club. How does the story end? That stumped Dr. Lee, and he said he would think about it.
A couple of days later, he sent an e-mail message with this response: "A biologist walks into a comedy club. The owner asks, 'Why'd you select this club?' Biologist says, 'Well, it was the natural selection.'"
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