Thursday, March 5, 2009

Science Smorgasbord

Tonight I went to the local high-school science fair to be a volunteer judge. There were some really interesting projects there. There was one which was a Flash program for translating eye movement to a mouse cursor. There was an interesting one about what colors of (non-white) light you can see the best with in the dark (spoiler: green is apparently best. Though I thought I've heard/read something about red being good for not ruining your night-vision...). There was also a really good random number project which almost didn't make it because it looked like crap. Oh and number theory one about a possible relationship between several different famous sequences.

After all those projects, I thought it had been a pretty good night. But the best was yet to come. During the awards ceremony, the host teacher told a joke that completely cracked me up. As soon as I came home, I Googled that sucker and found it here (although I've modified it a bit to suit my own tastes).

A Mathematician, a Biologist and a Physicist are sitting in a street cafe when they notice two people go into the house on the other side of the street. After some time passes, they notice three people come out of the house.

The Physicist says, "The measurement wasn't accurate."

The Biologist concludes, "They have reproduced!"

The Mathematician: "Now, if exactly 1 person enters the house then it will be empty again."

Comedic. Gold.