#1 By: Cory Doctorow, December 24th, 2013 11:11
#2 By: Paul Sampson, December 24th, 2013 12:07
I know, I know. You'd think they'd've got tubes right by now, wouldn't you? We're all pretty happy with cases and bores. What's taking so long?
#3 By: Neil Mcconnell, December 24th, 2013 12:14
The test tube is actually full of red wine. He's just taking a moment to appreciate the color before downing it
#4 By: Warren Terra, December 24th, 2013 15:36
I've thoughtfully held test tubes aloft for good reasons, though not for very long. There are reasons to do it. I can't remember the last time I wore a lab coat, though.
I remember a funny story about Jeffrey Friedman, about decade or two ago: Friedman had just describedthe biology of the Ob mouse, giving a whole bunch of new insights into the genetic basis of obesity, and as you'd expect the popular press was interested. People Magazine (or some similar bunch) sent a photographer to his office; the photographer asked Friedman to put on a lab coat and hold a mouse. Friedman explained to the photographer that he obtained and administered millions of grant dollars every year, that he showed up to work dressed professionally in a suit and tie, not a labcoat, and he wasn't going to don a costume and be the photographer's performing monkey, just to match the stereotype seen in late-night movies and clipart.
#5 By: Halloween Jack, December 27th, 2013 08:18
I've always thought that this stereotype originated in urology, where pee color has been an important diagnostic criteria for centuries.
#6 By: Cory Doctorow, December 29th, 2013 11:11
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