Sometimes you need a little humor to face a Monday. Over at the Dechronization blog, Susan Perkins from the American Museum of Natural History in New York posts a cartoon entitled, "The Economic Meltdown: Should you be concerned?" It's a pretty funny flow chart beginning with the question "Are you a grad student?" and walking through various career stages to see just how worried you ought to be right now.


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