dust jokes (was Re: Strengths of materials)

From: Amara Graps (Amara.Graps@mpi-hd.mpg.de)
Date: Wed Aug 09 2000 - 23:02:48 MDT

From: Michael S. Lorrey (retroman@turbont.net),
Aug 08 2000

>>sweet pic, Amara. Wait, I know that fuzzball. I've got tons of them under my
>>bed... ;)
Amara Graps wrote:
> Here is a picture of an aluminum oxide sphere attached to a
> micrometeroid (cosmic dust) particle:
> http://galileo.mpi-hd.mpg.de/~graps/earth/image001.gif


One of the advantatages of working in the cosmic dust field, is that I
have special access to all of the dust jokes. Sometimes,

During one of my first dust talks, a couple of years ago at a
conference in Slovakia, I was having some trouble removing a piece of
dust that had stubbornly attached itself to one of my viewgraphs,
which was about the Jovian dust streams.

The irony of my trying to remove a piece of dust on my viewgraph,
which was all about dust, was not lost on some of my audience. In
particular, there was a group of people in the back that were laughing
so hard, that they almost fell off of their chairs. And I didn't know
what they were finding so funny, and I was flustered and embarassed
about my stuborn piece of dust!

I did survive my talk, and one of them told me afterwards what they
found so funny. It seems that I was a perfect straight man in a comedy
skit during my own presentation, unintentionally.

Since then, I use dust jokes, whenver possible. I put every dust joke
I could think of, including the "dust bunnies under the bed" joke in
my Sky and Telescope interplanetary dust article, that I wrote this
summer. I don't know what, in the article, will finally appear in
print (or when it will appear in print), but I hope that they keep my
dust jokes...



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