This Fourth of July, the ASCB Post is celebrating our freedom of expression (political not genetic) with a shout out to two of our favorite practitioners of what is admittedly a very small field—lab humor.
Adam Ruben, author of Surviving Your Stupid, Stupid Decision to Go to Grad School, wrote about generational gaps in the lab this week for Science Careers with "Silverbacks and Whippersnappers." Ruben reports, "I've found it's fun to dazzle the older scientists by using Microsoft Office in adequate ways. 'He's so fast!' the elders will shout. 'How did he do that?' I'll explain that Ctrl+V is a simple shortcut for 'Paste,' and they really should try it sometime, but I know they won't."
Jorge Cham's "PhD Comics" honors the Fourth for the lucky grad students whose advisors give them the holiday off, but not really.