hobglobin, on Mar 15 2009, 07:30 AM, said:
48. Apart from a positive working atmosphere and reliable business environment, don't forget the gimmicks and gadgets that brightens the scientist's day and make sure that all work in a pleasant environment. I don't think of the automatic pipetting station with build-in mp3-player or scented autoclaves (though the latter might be useful too sometimes).
What a successful company and the evil scientist's backyard Inc. anyway needs are the proper laboratory animals.
Our ancestors stole cats and dogs from the streets, backyards and of course the cute pets of children. Or made expensive expeditions to collect apes and bats from rain forests or outlying castles (and then were bitten by those zombie-virus-vectors).
No. What one needs are standardised, healthy and easy to keep animals. Susceptible to the tests, modest, not dangerous, not malodorous, not too big, not too small.
I think of the laboratory koala that fulfils all the demands of a modern laboratory. But over and above all this advantages, it's a cute, fluffy pet, all technicians will love to work with and cuddle in the free time. As as result the working atmosphere is less tense and all are happy.
Finally those creatures are also useful for the therapy of absent-minded, senile professors. Certified by Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth and Dr. Ogden Wernstrom.
Cute, fluffy pet? Are you outta your everloving mind? Hobgoblin, whatever else you do today, put your analyst on danger money!! Koalas are just as likely to pee all over you as anything else. And how do you think they climb gum trees, my evil-scientist friend? Their claws are long, sharp, and well-used, even as babies!
Still, they are nicer than their cousins, the Eastern drop-bear. That is one marsupial I would not like to meet in a dark alley!!! Feisty enough to make casandra (good morning, casandra) seem like a nun, and more evil-smelling than a room filled with undergraduate mechanical engineering students after a pub-and-kebab session.
No, no, koalas are just one of the many reason sane, thinking Australians do not take their native animals and try to domesticate them. Hey, now THAT would make an interesting new thread: which native animals would you like to / never consider taking as a pet? I reckon the Aussie contingent could win hands-down on that one!
Oh, to keep this posting on-course:
50. When carrying out animal experiments, make sure all laboratory personnel use PPE.
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