Wednesday, April 08, 2009

you know you're a catholic nerd when...

... tonight in my chemistry lab we were oxidizing magnesium; I won't bore you only to note that when you burn magnesium it creates white smoke when the chemical process is nearing completion. It takes about 10 minutes, so we all sat around watching the Bunsen burner heat our sample waiting in anticipation for the white smoke.

After the others kept repeatedly asking "did you see white smoke yet?", "any white smoke?", or "Wait, I think I saw something! Is that the white smoke?!" ...

... I blurted out "gee, I feel like we waiting for the results of a papal conclave."

No one got it and I was left to chuckle at my own joke. I'm no comedian, but I am pretty sure if no one else is laughing at the joke but you it's not funny.

9 comments:

Terry Nelson said...

No - it is funny in our galaxy.

Are you in high school? Chemistry lab?

If I could go back to high school I would really be so in charge, black trench coat, black hat, shades, black boots...

Carolina Cannonball said...

no, I am not in high school ;-P

TheSeeker said...

It's cuz you're in NC...no one is Catholic around here. I'm in SC, so I understand. I thought it was funny :-)

kired said...

And also it oxidizes in a bright light.

HABEMUS PAPAM!!

Jane said...

I would have found it funny.

I am lucky in that my academic discipline forces people to know things about Catholic practice, so even though I'm at a secular university, a lot of my classmates and professors still get my Catholic jokes.

Mimi said...

Bwahahahahahahahahahhaa. I would have gotten it. Giggle.

Dixie said...

Chemist that I am, I would have gotten it and belly laughed but smart alec Orthodox schismatic that I am I would have also quipped..."Oh, so that's what use! And which aromatic hydrocarbon do they use when they want black smoke?"

Dixie said...

Whoops, I forgot the emoticon! I hope you know I was just trying to be funny...and maybe missed the boat.

Anyway, I mean to include a ;)

Lola said...

I thought it was really funny!