Archive for August, 2010
“It has long been known” = I didn’t look up the original reference.
“A definite trend is evident” = These data are practically meaningless.
“While it has not been possible to provide definite answers to the questions” = An unsuccessful experiment, but I still hope to get it published.
“Three of the samples were chosen for detailed study” = The other results didn’t make any sense.
“Typical results are shown” = This is the prettiest graph.
“These results will be in a subsequent report” = I might get around to this sometime, if pushed/funded.
“In my experience” = once.
“In case after case” = twice.
“In a series of cases” = thrice.
“It is believed that” = I think.
“It is generally believed that” = A couple of others think so, too.
“Correct within an order of magnitude” = Wrong.
“According to statistical analysis” = Rumor has it.
“A statistically oriented projection of the significance of these findings” = A wild guess.
“A careful analysis of obtainable data” = Three pages of notes were obliterated when I knocked over a glass of pop.
“It is clear that much additional work will be required before a complete understanding of this phenomenon occurs” = I don’t understand it.
“After additional study by my colleagues” = They don’t understand it either.
“Thanks are due to Joe Blotz for assistance with the experiment and to Cindy Adams for valuable discussions” = Mr. Blotz did the work, and Ms. Adams explained to me what it meant.
“A highly significant area for exploratory study” = A totally useless topic selected by my committee.
“It is hoped that this study will stimulate further investigation in this field” = I quit.
1. A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining and wants it back the minute it begins to rain.
2. An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn’t happen today.
3. A statistician is someone who is good with numbers but lacks the personality to be an accountant.
4. An actuary is someone who brings a fake bomb on a plane, because that decreases the chances that there will be another bomb on the plane.
5. A programmer is someone who solves a problem you didn’t know you had in a way you don’t understand.
6. A mathematician is like a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat that isn’t there.
7. A topologist is someone who doesn’t know the difference between a coffee cup and doughnut.
8. A lawyer is a person who writes a 10,000-word document and calls it a “brief.”
9. A psychologist is someone who watches everyone else when a beautiful girl enters the room.
10. A professor is one who talks in someone else’s sleep.
11. A consultant is someone who takes the watch off your wrist and tells you the time.
12. A committee is a body that keeps minutes and wastes hours.