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“You must be joking!” Pranks, Jokes and other Silliness in Science

What role do jokes play in the world of science? Do they exclude outsiders or raise issues? What are snouters?

Following in the Grant Museum's series of events looking at the lighter side of science, we look into the way in which each scientific discipline has inside jokes.Dr Joe Cain, historian of biology at UCL, will bridge the gap between science and comedy to tell the amusing story behind one of biology’s most favourite practical jokes, the 'snouters'. He will then consider some of the social functions these pranks have in our communities. Following the talk the audience is invited for a glass of wine at a private view of the Museum. This talk is suitable for adults.


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Date and Time:

5 July 2007 at 6:00 pm


1 hour



Grant Museum of Zoology, UCL
Rockefeller Building
University Street
020 3108 2052

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This event is followed by a drinks reception in the Grant Museum of Zoology.

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