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by S.T. Paxton

This past March 30, 2012, Ira Flatow on NPR’s Science Friday hosted a session entitled “No Joke, Science is a Laughing Matter”.  Ira was joined by Steve Mirsky, Scientific American’s editor and Brian Malow, science comedian and freelance video correspondent with Time Magazine.  Listener’s were encouraged to phone-in some of their favorite “science-related” jokes.  Some of the jokes from the audience were pretty good…:), other jokes, well, I think you had to be there!  That is, you sometimes need to be intimately familiar with a given technical area  to appreciate the jests.  Some of the humor was simply a play on words, so familiarity with the technical-area vocabularly is a must.  A good time was had by all (by the way)!

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Below are a few contributions from geology colleague Debra Higley.  While not geologizing, Debra is an artist in her own right (since the age of about 3).  A series of her cartoons have appeared in the Outcrop, a monthly publication by the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists.

Following are a few of her contributions: 

…with permission from D. Higley.



 Juxtaposition of climatic settings...!




Draft – Subject to Revision
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