Whim of the Week – 52

A theoretical biologist making fun of theoretical biologists…

During a nice dinner last week, well-known theoretical biologist Eörs Szathmáry made fun of his own kind with the following joke.

A theoretical biologist (TB) is going for a walk in the hills, and runs into a shepherd (S) herding his flock of sheep.
TB: “Will you allow me to have one of your sheep if I tell you on the spot how many you have?”
S: “Challenge accepted.”
TB: “You have 135 sheep.”
S (astonished): “Wow, choose any sheep you want!”


After some careful deliberation the theoretical biologist makes his choice and starts walking away.
S: “Wait! Will you allow me to have my animal back if I can guess your profession?”
TB: “Challenge accepted.”
S: “You are a theoretical biologist.”
TB (astonished): “Wow, how did you know?”
S: “You are walking away with my dog…”

A nice dinner together with Stuart Kauffman and Eörs Szathmáry.
Dinner together with outstanding theoretical biologists Stuart Kauffman and Eörs Szathmáry. (Photo: Kate Peil)

A lot more jokes were exchanged during that dinner, but I’ll tell you the rest some other time 😉

whimsical (adj.): Determined by chance or impulse or whim rather than by necessity or reason. Playful or fanciful, especially in a humorous way. (Source: The Free Dictionary)

In an effort to continue looking at the bright side of life in these worrying times, the Whim of the Week series features sometimes funny or unusual, sometimes beautiful or inspiring, but generally whimsical observations I happen to capture on camera during my wanderings around the world.