Jokes are the bread and butter of socialising, once talking about the weather and one's love for Breaking Bad is thoroughly professed. Rather than rely on the less-than-subtle art of the single entendre, why not class up your act with a few, more intelligent quips?
The folks over at The Guardian got in touch with a number of academics from various fields, including chemistry, physics and biology and kindly asked them for their favourite science-related jokes. There are a few you've likely heard before, but others, such as this one below, should provide you with fresh material:
A chemistry teacher is recruited as a radio operator in the first world war. He soon becomes familiar with the military habit of abbreviating everything. As his unit comes under sustained attack, he is asked to urgently inform his HQ.
"NaCl over NaOH! NaCl over NaOH!" he says.
"NaCl over NaOH?" shouts his officer.
"What do you mean?"
"The base is under a salt!" came the reply.
Of course, you might encounter one or two that aren't immediately obvious:
Sodium sodium sodium sodium sodium sodium sodium sodium Batman!
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