“Blah blah citric acid cycle blah blah succinic dehydrogenase blah blah DOONESBURY CARTOON blah blah pyruvate.”
More importantly, he discusses when he stopped.
“My adviser never outright said so, but I knew what he was thinking: You had time to make the goat picture, but you didn’t have time to improve the actual science? I wanted to explain that, in the same way that people who are full can still eat dessert and claim it’s destined for “a different stomach,” science-improving and goat-Photoshopping were not mutually exclusive activities, but I didn’t think it would bolster my cause.”
He also ends on a somewhat sobering note:
“Just don’t use humor in grant applications. There’s no need—scientific funding is already a joke.”
Worth thinking about for sure!
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