Humor, Satire, and Parody
Documents and links, mostly about science.
You can't make up anything anymore. The world itself is a satire. All
you're doing is recording it. Art Buchwald
The Ideal Scientific Equipment Company, when nothing less than perfection isn't good enough.
- The Age of the Universe is a function of time.
- Heaven is Hotter than Hell,
a thermodynamic calculation. A classic science spoof, and its follow-up.
Stop the torture of innocent plants!. If you love plants, don't eat them.
- Whoops! Blunders and mistakes of science.
- Universal Questionnaire Response Form.
Annoyed by intrusive questionnaires? Fight back!
- Universal Grade Change Form.
Just in time for end of semester.
Anon, The Myth Behind The Legend,
by Donald Simanek. A biography of that oft-quoted sage, Anon.
A Religion For The Rest Of Us,
by Donald E. Simanek and John C. Holden.
- Sam Schwartz, Ruler of the
Mathematicians' Domain. By Donald E. Simanek and John C. Holden.
- Hazards of Solar Energy,
by Donald Simanek. Who said this was clean energy?
- Ban Dihydrogen Monoxide.
Still another environmental hazard to worry about!
Yet some dismiss the dangers of this insidious killer:
Hydrogen Hydroxide: Now More Than Ever!
- Downsize the Solar System.
There's already more planets than anyone really needs.
- A Space Alien Raped My Electric Broom.
Better hide your carpet cleaner also.
- How to be a successful professor with a
minimum of effort.
- Administratium: New Element Discovered.
- Noah Fooling!
Noah and the flood, by Donald Simanek.
- The Illustrated Dictionary of
Physics. What those strange technical terms really mean.
- He Tries Hard.
by William Stafford. Classic spoof of sports/academics balance.
- Math Mayhem. Mathematical humor and
Links to humor.
Are you tired of searching for humor on the web?
Are you fed up with these annoyances of web-surfing?
Help is at hand! Here's a handy-dandy collection of
droll science humor, satire, and parody
all wrapped in a compact and convenient package requiring
no windows, icons, menus or prompts (which are for
WIMPs). It's called a BOOK (Bound Orderly Omnibus of Knowledge) .
You can easily take it anywhere you go, since it requires no batteries.
Perfect for leisurly browsing while sitting by a warm fire in
in an overstuffed chair.
Much less likely to give you carpal tunnel syndrome than
that computer keyboard, and the only worms which can infest it are
- Annoying pop-ups and banner ads.
- Broken links.
- Online charges.
- Misprints in the punchlines.
- Frying your eyes from staring at the computer screen.
What is it? It's titled
because all the science in it is a bit off-kilter.
This diverse collection of science humor was written and compiled
by Donald E. Simanek and John C. Holden during odd moments
(and even ones, too) stolen during their many years working as
actual scientists. The publisher has finally unleashed it on the
unsuspecting public and it is now availble in fine
Science Askew is a very funny book, especially funny to mathematicians
and physicists. Open it anywhere and you'll find some belly laughs not only in
the text but also in the clever cartoons by John Holden. All of the classic
jokes are here, as well as a thousand more you haven't heard before.
Martin Gardner, mathemagician.
Simanek and Holden have cleverly disguised this book as an anthology of humor,
while inserting gems of scientific wisdom and philosophy among the jibes. I
think that science teachers can discover here subtle ways of teaching facts
and principles, and improving the flavor and aroma of otherwise dull rules
and discoveries. Knowledge, however lubricated or polished, is a commodity
we should pursue. It need not be boring; proof of that assertion is found
in "Science Askew."
James Randi, investigator of paranormal claims.
Every page is a delightful spoof. I expect to refer to it frequently.
James A. Van Allen, space physicist.
The humour is old-fashoned, innocent fun... puns, stories, jokes
and quotes that the authors have brought together after a lifetime
in science to show that it is not always a serious business.
If harmless humour makes you laugh, then you'll love this book...
There are plenty of delightful cartoons [by John Holden].
Don't hesitate, don't wait, don't procrastinate. Buy a copy now! It costs a fraction of the price of a typical science textbook, and is far more entertaining.
Matin Durani, Physics World
We used to suggest you buy the book from the publisher. That's no longer the best option. Our publisher, IoP, was aquired by Taylor and Francis. They raised the price of the book. So search the web for a lower price. I notice that Amazon.com has a better price. We didn't do this book to get rich, so it's fine with us if you find a used copy at an even better price.
Those of you who have purchased the book may be interested in this
Science Askew Companion web page that has notes,
commentary and errata. It is free, and has no ads or pop-ups.
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