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July 19th, 2006

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04:53 pm - Interlude: Worst. Pun. EVAR!!!
So, I just got my copy of the latest New England Journal of Medicine (Volume 355, Issue 3: July 20, 2006 , for those who care). I'm browsing through some of the article titles, when I hit this.

I want you to read this carefully.

After you have read it carefully, tell me this isn't the WORST pun EVAR!!11


Here we go:

"Taking Heart -- Cardiac Transplantation Past, Present, and Future"




I don't know whether to send Sharon A. Hunt, M.D. a congratulatory letter for cleverness above and beyond the call of duty or a mighty blast of vitriolic "How dare you" venom in email form, perhaps with an "Ewwwww!" thrown in for good measure.

Those of you in Academia are, I'm sure, both shaking your heads in despair and taking notes for potential future articles of your own.

That's right. You know who you are.

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Date:July 20th, 2006 12:05 am (UTC)
She should be jailed for pun abuse.
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Date:July 20th, 2006 03:16 pm (UTC)
Umm yes, well we just name our objects with some letters referring to type and then a number which reflects when they were discovered. So there are a handful of Herbig-Haro objects. And then there is this:

HH 666: The Axis of Evil in the Carina Nebula

That's a title for both a AAS poster and a journal article.

Oh and the abstract for the poster:

We report the discovery of HH666, a fiendish bipolar Herbig-Haro jet in the Carina Nebula, with a total projected length of over 3 pc. Optical and IR images show several malevolent shocks along the jet axis, and long-slit echelle spectra reveal the kinematics of the diabolical outflow. We also identify the optically-invisible driving source HH666 IRS; this evildoer is an ominous K-band source embedded in the externally-illuminated molecular globule out of which the jet emerges. HH666 is the first HH jet to be discovered in the inferno of the Carina Nebula, providing proof of ongoing active star formation in the region.

The journal article is even funnier at times.
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Date:July 20th, 2006 04:03 pm (UTC)

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