Adventures in Ethics and Science

While discussing poop with a bunch of life scientists — in particular, we were discussing its utility in a wide variety of research projects — one of the scientists at the table related a rousing cheer which I simply must share:

Starts with an S
and it ends with a T.
It comes out of you
and it comes out of me.
I know what you’re thinking,
but don’t call it that!
Let’s be scientific
and call it SCAT!

I’m told this has them in stitches at sixth grade camp.


  1. #1 SMC
    September 21, 2007

    Our local undergraduate Microbiology group got T-shirts last semester with a related theme.

    The motto printed on it was: “Microbiology 2007: We don’t take crap from anybody, unless we’re taking samples.”

  2. #2 William Haberer
    September 22, 2007

    I have a sad story to tell you.
    It may hurt your feelings a bit.
    Last night when I walked into my bathroom,
    I stepped in a big pile of …

    Shaving cream, be nice and clean.
    Shave everyday and you’ll always look keen.

    (SHAVING CREAM by Benny Bell with Paul Wynn)

  3. #3 Giselle
    September 24, 2007


    I’m gonna go slightly off topic here, but…

    I think you would be interested in joining , which is this new Academic Networking Site for researchers and scholars…

    Normally, joining is free, but by invitation only… but for a brief promotional period only they have opened the gates, so that the initial members can join in, and invite their own academic colleagues, and so on…

    It would also be nice if you could post a blog item about it, so that the word spreads.

    all the best


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