In case you missed the March for Science, last month? I have the report! Not that I went, no. Science enthusiasts all, my household was planning on going— But then my younger teen daughter got felled by "bacteria"— Possibly brought on by a dubious "pizza day" at her science magnet.
So I spent that Saturday at home, taking care of her— But we streamed the Washington DC and other marches, live on CNN! So here is my report!
Let's quickly review the main points. Worldwide, there were 600-plus cities participating, with high levels of enthusiasm. The March for Science's stated mission was to be a positive, non-partisan march for scientists and scientific principles. That alone is such a wonderful, counterintuitive idea. Much humor and wit was seen.
As I did not get to go, and make my own hilarious sign—? To honor the spirit of the occasion I would like to share two favorite jokes.
First: How do you tell the difference between an introverted and an extroverted mathematician?
For the whole time the introverted mathematician is talking to you, he looks down at his shoes. When the extroverted mathematician talks to you, the whole time he looks down at your shoes. Ba-dum-bum.
I know I used the pronoun "he" in that joke— As if to imply all left-brained people are male. But no! So here's the saying from when I attended Caltech— Way back in the '80s— And the male to female ratio was 7 to 1. "Caltech: where the odds are good, but the good are odd."
Now to some of the funny—and sometimes punny—March for Science signs:
"If you're not the solution, you're the precipitate!"
That was next to: "Protest Cosine, Protest Sine." Get it? Protest. . . Sine? Puns are hard on the radio. So let's finish with the more "meta": "What do we want? Evidence based research! When do we want it? After peer review!"
Of course, there were less than non-partisan messages, too. Just reporting here? There were signs with the phrases "Black Hole" and "Absolute Zero" ghosted over our president's recognizeable silhouette. The live feed from San Francisco brought: "Trump believes there's no global warming, as nothing is hotter than Ivanka."
That one made me snort, but I had to quickly tell my daughter, "that is totally inappropriate."
We decided a good sign was: "Mitosis, Not Division."
And a cute one on a dog that everyone can agree on. "Support Labs." Labs.
Next week: Science is Love!