Re: NANFA-- longish, but funny - micro vs organismal joke

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Wed, 01 May 2002 14:54:21 -0400

That's a reworked Jesse Jackson joke, but I like it better this way!

Steven A. Ellis
Kennesaw, GA

At 01:41 PM 5/1/02 -0700, you wrote:
>Hello all.
>Owing to the discussion (regarding "cell smashers" vs field
>biologists/morphologists) that took place a few months ago, I thought some
>of you may appreciate this joke. I heard it at a meeting this past weekend.
>Although I am somewhat of a cell smasher, I hope I'm not as bad as this
>Ok, so a guy is driving down a country highway somewhere out west when he
>has to stop because a huge flock of sheep begins to cross the road ahead of
>him. He waits and waits and waits until, finally, the last few sheep cross
>and are followed by a shepherd. The man is feeling a little gamey today, so
>he approaches the shepherd and asks, "Sir, if I can tell you precisely how
>many sheep are in your flock, may I keep one?"
>The shepherd eyes him up and down, but figures "why not?" - and agrees.
>The man confidently pipes up, "You have precisely one thousand three hundred
>and fifty-two sheep in your flock."
>A surprised look comes over the shepherd's face and the man knows he has
>guessed correctly. After a brief pause, he says, "Now, may I have one?"
>The shepherd replies, "Well, that is what we agreed to, so go make your
>The man runs off into the middle of the flock, makes his choice, and jogs
>back toward his car carrying his prize. Just as he is about to get in, the
>shepherd speaks up, "Sir, if I can guess your occupation, may I have it
>The man thinks to himself, "Yeah, right. There are very few of us in my
>line of work and no one even knows what we do." Smugly, he replies, "Sure.
>Why not?"
>In a clear and calm voice, the shepherd says, "You, my friend, are a
>molecular systematist. Now, may I have my dog back?"
>Mike Bessert
>UNL School of Biological Sciences
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