Puns on an interstellar scale

I laughed out loud to see Friday’s XKCD cartoon.  Click the image to be taken to its Web page, where you can read the mouseover text as well. The point, of course, for those who aren’t into astronomy, is that there are precisely three stars in the Alpha Centauri system.  The cartoon conflates that fact with three-star consumer reviews. I do enjoy it when practitioners of science, or medicine, or any other discipline, poke fun at themselves.  It lightens the air for everyone.  I still giggle at the memory of my sister’s midwifery training at Groote Schuur hospital in Cape Town, many decades ago.  At one

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I may resemble that remark

From Pearls Before Swine a couple of days ago (click the image to be taken to a larger version at the comic’s Web site): I would say that’s a painful reminder of my years . . . except that it isn’t so painful if you can’t remember them all – but I want to!  Dammit, I’ve earned my curmudgeonhood! Peter

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