Kevin Rudd on Scientists

The Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, made more indecorous remarks about scientists on 60 minutes last night. He obviously felt the need to retell his joke about scientists, first made on the 18th July, as nobody laughed the first time.

There’s a group of scientists called the International (sic) Panel on Climate Change – 4000 of them. Guys in white coats who run around and don’t have a sense of humour. They just measure things. 17 August 2008 — 60 minutes

Climate change is real, an international panel of climate change scientists, 4,000 essentially humourless guys in white shirts and white coats with their heads stuck down test tubes … 18 July 2008 — Interview with Rhys Muldoon, 666 AM Radio, Canberra

He might not realize that it is National Science Week this week. It must be like a blow to the midsection for teachers struggling to interest schoolchildren in science when the PM ad homs scientists at the start of their National Science Week events. Well I thought this joke was funny.

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0 thoughts on “Kevin Rudd on Scientists

  1. Reminds one of the urban myth when PK was PM, kissing old ladies at a nursing home. One appeared rather distant, so he said “Do you know who I am?”

    “No”, she said, “But we find that if you go to the front desk, Matron can usually help you remember.”

  2. Reminds one of the urban myth when PK was PM, kissing old ladies at a nursing home. One appeared rather distant, so he said “Do you know who I am?”

    “No”, she said, “But we find that if you go to the front desk, Matron can usually help you remember.”

  3. The Tasmania joke reminds me of when Disraeli was asked to explain the difference between a disaster and a calamity. He said: “Well, if Mr Gladstone fell into the river, it would be a disaster; but if someone pulled him out, it would be a calamity”.

  4. The Tasmania joke reminds me of when Disraeli was asked to explain the difference between a disaster and a calamity. He said: “Well, if Mr Gladstone fell into the river, it would be a disaster; but if someone pulled him out, it would be a calamity”.

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