“When I started at a NASA center, working with a bunch of physicists for the most part, I found I was being sent to an AAS (American Astronomical Society) meeting. I don’t remember exactly what my boss said that was disparaging about astronomers, but I do remember he said something to the effect, ‘but at least they’re not mathmeticians, as they generally bathe at least once a week’.
So, just remember — they might’ve been cleaning themselves out of the sink — but at least they were cleaning themselves.”
I was doing some reading around the net for information about the font Baskerville, and came across this quote by a dude on a forum. It was in reference to the fact that the New York Times poll suggested that Baskerville was the most “trusted” font of the 6 they tested.
This was bad news for Lisa Randall, who was the Harvard physicist responsible for that Higgs Boson announcement… she used Comic Sans!
Another poster said they were also a physicist, and could attest to the lack of aesthetic sense among those in the field. And furthered that point with a remark about walking in on a few of their colleagues in the bathroom taking a sink-bath.
Here’s the original NYT thang about Baskerville vs Comic Sans:
“A survey of unsuspecting New York Times readers implicitly answered the question: Does a certain font make you agree or disagree more often than another font? It turns out Baskerville confers a 1.5% advantage towards agreement on a survey question, compared to an average of six fonts. They were asked to agree or disagree to a passage from physicist David Deutsch’s book The Beginning of Infinity, and were found to have an optimistic, if Baskerville-favoring, outlook on life. David Dunning, a psychologist awarded a Nobel prize and, separately, an IgNobel prize (for the eponymous Dunning-Kruger Effect), called Baskerville ‘the king of fonts.’ Sadly, Comic Sans — notable for its appearance in the Higgs Boson announcement — seems to be the weakest font. And why did Lisa Randall, the Harvard physicist responsible for that Higgs announcement use Comic Sans? According to the article, ‘Because I like it.'”