Tuesday, October 23, 2012

On marrying scientists, germs, and the pitfalls of eavesdropping

If you marry a scientist you just might tag along with him to a conference in San Diego where he convenes with fellow science-folk and where the freebies and swag include but are not limited to germs. Yes, stuffed germs. With mournful eyes:

MRSA. Why yes, MRSA does have a cape.
Common Cold
And you just might find yourself having a conversation like this in a tiny cheerful gift-shop filled with postcards and boat-shaped key chains:

K: Sorry, I really tried, but I couldn't get ebola.
Me: That sucks. I'd rather have ebola than all the other germs combined.
K: Yeah, but MRSA is cute, no? Just me and a few co-workers managed to get MRSA.
Me: MRSA is pretty cool, you're right.
K: And I got e-coli! I'm the only one who got e-coli.
Me: Okay, e-coli? E-coli is frigging adorable. After ebola, its e-coli.
K: Yeah, everyone wanted to know how I got e-coli.
Me: Flu and cold are kind of lame though.
K: Yeah, it's good to have them, but they're nothing special.

And you just might look up in said gift-shop to meet the eyes of the shopkeeper and a handful of customers staring at you wondering perhaps a) Um, WHAT?! or b) whether they should pinch their noses and run as fast as possible in the opposite direction.

I'm just waiting now for the day my son grins at a stranger in the elevator and announces Hi! I have e-coli! Daddy gave me e-coli!

But seriously? E-coli is pretty cute, no? 


rehtwo said...

i LOVE giant microbes!!!

Anonymous said...


Aisha said...

Rehtwo, you've heard of them before?!? I was so thrown off, I still get a chuckle. I love that the tags disclaim "1,000,000 + times actual size" LOL

Anon,glad you liked :)

Anonymous said...

I have the brain cell one.:) I love those things!!! Pixie

Aisha said...

Pixie, brain cells??? I'm looking that one up now! Seriously though, it appears I'm the last to have heard of these lol :)

katery said...

e-coli is bar far the cutest. maybe waleed can bring them to school for show and tell some day :)

Mina said...

Flu is by far the lamest. But the common cold is rather cute, reminds me of pygmy puffs. :-)

sprogblogger said...

Laughing and laughing and laughing and laughing. Thank you for this on a dark, too-early morning!

rehtwo said...

my friends got me some sets of mini ones (sets of three in oversized "petri dishes") in undergrad (neuro major, haha). when I did my master's, I was a research assistant to a professor who was looking into some legal issues related to assisted reproductive technologies, so another friend got me a sperm and an egg. yep, i'm the proud owner of some stuffed gametes...

Aisha said...

Kate, yes, I am looking forward to the day he tells his teacher he's bringing the flu in for show and tell, LOL :)

Mina, right? It's so pointless, but yeah, the cold is a degree better IMO lol

Susan, glad it made you smile :)

Rehtwo, ahhh science major, that explains it! lol. I forgot you went to MIT, duh. Stuffed gametes are awesome. I want to collect more and have a little shelf above his nursery with them all. Would make for interesting ice breakers when showing people the house :)

huda said...

E-coli is awfully cute, but it would be nice to get a picture of ebola to make a definitive assessment ;-)

Aisha said...

Huda, this is true, I should find one, I'm sure its available somewhere, LOL :)

rehtwo said...

@huda & @aisha - not sure this will post, but...


mystic said...

Hilarious....!!!!...A real good one..!!

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