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### #1 mdfenko

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Posted 26 January 2009 - 10:39 AM

How many scientists does it take to change a light bulb?
None. They use them as controls in double blind trials.

- mathematicians:
None. It's left to the reader as an exercise.

- according to Boole:
0 or 1

- according to Mandelbrot:
It depends how many butterflies are flapping their wings in China.

- theoretical physicist:
Eleven. One does the job, ten join as co-authors.

- nuclear engineers:
One to install the bulb and six to figure out what to do with the old bulb for the next ten thousand years.

- according to Heisenberg:
It is not possible. Once you hold the bulb to avoid its movement, you lose the information about the place where it is.

- astronomers:
There is no need to change the bulb. Astronomers prefer darkness.

- radioastronomers:
They are not interested in this range of wavelength.

- according to Einstein:
Two. One to hold the bulb, the other one to turn the Universe.

- statisticians:
One, give or take two. (it depends on the size of the bulb)

- Microsoft engineers:
None, they just define darkness as an industry standard.

- Apple engineers:
Seven. One to change the bulb, six to design T-shirts and new gadgets.

- programmers:
None - that's a hardware problem.

- NASA engineers:
Seventy seven. First of all, they need a week in advance to plan the Bulb Replacement operation. Once they are ready, the weather is bad and they have to postpone the mission for a next week. The Bulb costs \$3 000 000

- aerospace engineers
None. It doesn't take a rocket scientist, you know.

- according to Freud:
Two. One to change the bulb, and one to hold the penis ... I mean the ladder!

Freudian Analysts:
Two. One to change the light bulb, and one to hold the breasts, I mean ladder.

- Russian military scientist:
It's Top Secret.

- archeologists:
Three. One to change the bulb, two to discuss how long the old one was hanging there.

- darwinists:
One, but it takes 8 milion years.

- psychologists:
Do you want to talk about this?

- research technicians:
One, but it'll probably take him/her three or four tries to get it right.

- post-doctoral fellows:
One, but it'll probably take three or four tries to get it right because he/she will probably give it to the technician to do.

Undergraduate:
None "Bright light - hurts... must go back to bed".

Postgraduate:
Funding for a new light bulb ran out 6 months ago - will have to borrow their parents'.

Senior researchers:
Five. One to change the light bulb, and four to argue about whether they're taking the right approach to changing the bulb.

Industry/commercial scientist:
"I'm sorry, changing light bulbs is not in my objectives for this year. If you speak to my line manager we can see about getting it factored in for next year"
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