If you’re one of the three people (like me) who hadn’t seen the Large Hadron Rap yet — absolutely divine. A worthwhile 5 minutes of your time.

In the spirit of science raps you can also check out the Exploratorium Explainer’s fabu rap for Einstein’s birthday (which also happens to be Pi Day… March 14).

And while we’re on the theme, Cocktail Party Physics let us all know about this video that I haven’t been able to get out of my head, “I Will Derive”.

At first I was afraid, what could the answer be?

It said given this position find velocity.

So I tried to work it out, but I knew that I was wrong.

I struggled; I cried, “A problem shouldn’t take this long!”

I admit, I just love geeky humor like this. And it’s not just science geek humor that’s funny. ANY kind of geek humor is funny. I’m using geek in one of it’s original senses, “A person with a devotion to something in a way that places him or her outside the mainstream. This could be due to the intensity, depth, or subject of their interest” (from Wikipedia). I contra dance, and I find stupid contra dance jokes (about certain dance figures, for example), hilarious. My mom’s a retired librarian. Librarian jokes are de rigeur in our household (Anyone see the movie Party Girl? A real stitch for librarians). These kind of in-jokes are just so terribly funny. I’ve always wondered why that is. “In jokes” have a certain brand of funny, you know what I mean? In part, I imagine it’s making fun of ourselves. In large part, too, I imagine it’s seeing something familiar in a new way — a pun on a word that we use in all seriousness quite often, for example, or (as in the YouTubes posted above) a song about something that we’re used to taking seriously. It turns something familiar on its head, and our brains seem to love that.

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