Not a Joke: More of a Commentary on Allegedly Smart PhDs

April 1, 2020

Trigger warning: This is not about search, cybercrime, intelware, or any of the other hobby horses I flog each day as I have since 2008.

Before I highlight the real news item from the “we beg for dollars” outfit the Guardian, try to answer these questions:

  • Did the PhD get his degree online?
  • Did the PhD understand the equation F = q2B1v2 sin theta?
  • Did the PhD think that people would shove ceramic magnets up their nose?

Okay, now navigate to “Astrophysicist Gets Magnets Stuck Up Nose While Inventing Coronavirus Device.” The allegedly accurate write up states:

Australian Dr Daniel Reardon ended up in hospital after inserting magnets in his nostrils while building a necklace that warns you when you touch your face.

The newspaper provides a number of details. Here’s one:

Before attending the hospital, Reardon attempted to use pliers to pull them out, but they became magnetized by the magnets inside his nose.

You too can get a PhD online, impress your friends, and invent new things. Darwin award nominee?

Stephen E Arnold, April 1, 2020


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