"It is the unhappy fate of the scientist today that he must play the role of Cassandra in the body politic, sending his fellow men to bed with nightmares in the hope to be heard in time."

- Arthur von Hippel, in "The Molecular Designing of Materials" (h/t @upbeatprof)

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Not about polar bears

Scientists representing the Soviet Union traveling overseas were enjoined from mentioning certain technical topics that might reflect negatively on soviet socialism, and were required to refer any questions about those polar bears to their accompanying commisar.

Wait, did I say "polar bears"? Sorry. Sorry. Never mind. This comment has nothing to do with polar bears. There is nothing here about polar bears.


inel said...

"particularly polar bears"

Wait, here's one polar bear you can talk about: it is cheerfully climbing into a rowing boat, which just goes to prove polar bears are happy that the world is warming—just look at the grin on that big fella's face!

byron smith said...


Only in Soviet Russia...