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.