Re: Closet biologists story

From: Alex Ramonsky (
Date: Thu Jan 24 2002 - 09:12:02 MST

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From: "Robert J. Bradbury" <>
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Sent: Wednesday, January 23, 2002 12:00
Subject: Re: Closet biologists story

> I just checked and tucked away in the back of my refrigerator is
> a rack of tubes from the organisms I was working with 10-11 years
> ago. I don't know how good they are though since I lost the
> compressor for a month at one point. But you never know,
> microorganisms are pretty hardy. Of course, the problem with
> being a "closet microbiologist" is the inevitable question
> that comes up on your 2nd or 3rd date when the woman opens
> your refrigerator and says "What are those????" in a squeaky
> tone of voice. I suppose I should put a piece of paper
> on them with a skull & crossbones and big letters "Don't Touch!"
> just to make it more interesting.
> Robert
...And what do you say when the drug squad comes round on a routine 'bust'
and take away samples of god only knows what, assuming such samples are
drugs, I presume? Say 'I'm a biologist; I don't clean out the fridge
much'? Don't laugh -this has happened to me twice. Some amazing things have
been confiscated, including a blameless group of pond snails (who, as far as
I know, were not on drugs), a scalpel, a bag of crushed ice and half a
dissected wasps nest.
-Who trains these people?>

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