Science Interviews


Thu, 20th Feb 2014

Some Neuroscientist's Jokes!

Alisa McGregor, Maurice Curtis, Mike Dragunow, Auckland University

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we close the Naked Down Under show series with some of the Auckland scientistsí favourite jokes...

Mike -   Well, itís someone bringing back a parrot to a pet shop in one of the old A girl smiling or laughing.monkey python movies and the owner of the pet shop is trying to convince the person bringing it back that it actually is alive and isnít dead at all.  They just to and fro, itís a fantastic skit.

Lynette -   I can only remember one.  Itís pretty terrible.

Hannah -   Yeah, that's fine.

Lynette -   Itís my daughterís joke.  What's green and goes up?

Hannah -   I don't know.  What's green and goes up?

Lynette -   A cucumber in the elevator.

Maurice -   My favourite joke is a kid joke and itís one that my wife just hates when I tell.  Itís, will you find a legless tortoise?  And the answer of course is, when you lift it.  That's pretty bad, isnít it?

Alisa -   Scientists don't really do humour.  Weíre not a normal cross-section of the population.

Hannah -   And that's all we have time for.  Thanks to all those in the New Zealand Naked Scientists series.  That's Richard Faull, Richard Price, Lynette Tippett, Russell Schnell, Jenny Morton, and Alyssa McGregor, Malvinder Singh-Bains, Maurice Curtis and Mike Dragonow. 

You can find the full transcript for this episode and others in the series at  If you have any questions or comments then do get in touch at and you can find the Naked Scientists on Facebook and Twitter.  See you next month to continue the journey to open our minds.


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