Science Fun of the Week
(September 16th, 2016) Get ready for your weekly dose of science fun. Today: a joke for monks and geneticists.
In 2013, The Guardian asked a few scientists what their favourite jokes are. Here’s Mark Pagel’s contribution:
A new monk shows up at a monastery where the monks spend their time making copies of ancient books. The new monk goes to the basement of the monastery saying he wants to make copies of the originals rather than of others' copies so as to avoid duplicating errors they might have made. Several hours later the monks, wondering where their new friend is, find him crying in the basement. They ask him what is wrong and he says "the word is CELEBRATE, not CELIBATE!"
Pagel, professor of biological sciences at University of Reading, explains: “I first heard this maybe more than 10 years ago in conjunction with the general theme of ‘copying errors’ or mutations in biology”.