Message #157:
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 
Subject: Your Career is Over -- So Have a Sense of Humor
Date: Sun, 19 May 1996 20:56:29 -0700 (MST)
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For some diversion in the sciences, check out The Scientist 
- The Newspaper for the Life Sciences Professional.  Recent letters and 
commentaries in the Scientist may be of particular interest to archaeologists 
-- I especially refer to two commentaries: A Career Is Finished 
Before It Starts, and Malthus And Graduate Students:Checks On Burgeoning Ranks 
Of Ph.D.'s.  I think Gene Rogge of the firm Dames and Moore has written
reports and presented specific statistics about the burgeoning ranks of PhDs
in archaeology.

A colleague recently remarked that SWA (or was it just me?) was too serious
and did not have any sense of humor. Our only response is "Oh well, the
colleague probably hasn't read SWA's Anti-Archaeology page."

Realistically, when it comes to humor, we probably should have agreed with
the colleague -- SWA can't compete with a recent (April 1st) article in 
The Scientist that noted these research titles while reporting on humor in science:

        "Seasonal changes of circadian pattern in human rectal temperature
         rhythm under semi-natural conditions"

        "An experimental study of the olfactory and visual modalities in the
         systems of communication between the child and the family dog"

        "A study of the influence of ageing [sic] on the mechanical
         properties of Cheddar cheese"

        "Explosives uptake by existing vegetation and crops at Army
         ammunition plants"

        "A limited mathematical model for the fermentation of dry sausage"

        "Precautions when lightning strikes during the monsoon: The effect
         of ozone on condoms"

It is SWA's opinion, indeed regardless of individual career length, that we
are lucky to be studying archaeology!