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People Are Science-ing The Crap Out Of Famous Movie Lines

It is a true thing of nerd-beauty.

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There's something big a-brewing on Twitter. People are taking famous movie lines and changing them ever so slightly to be more science-y.

p < 0.000001: "so you're telling me there's a chance!" #scienceamoviequote

It all started when paleontologist Jon Tennant went to Twitter to celebrate some good news:

I love the smell of null hypothesis rejection in the morning

That simple tweet inspired a beautiful marriage of science nerddom and movie geekdom in the form of the #scienceamoviequote hashtag.

Obviously, no science-humor hashtag would be legit if it didn't bring in a pretty strong pun game:

May the primary source be with you. #scienceamoviequote

"Frankly, my dean, I don't give a damn" #ScienceAMovieQuote

"Here's looking at Euclid" #scienceamoviequote

But what scientist would miss an opportunity like this to highlight the need for a robust data set?

"Is this your data, Larry?" #scienceamoviequote

"You want answers?" "I want the data" "You can't handle the data" #scienceamoviequote

"I think we're gonna need a bigger sample size" #scienceamoviequote

Or to complain about the hellish limbo that is the life of a post-doc?

"Do you expect me to talk? No, Mr Postdoc I expect you to publish!" #scienceamoviequote

"Where shall I go when my postdoc finishes? What shall I do?" "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn" #scienceamoviequote

Publishing and funding woes are also a big part of the game:

"Publish or publish not. There is no try" #scienceamoviequote

These aren’t the reviews we’re looking for-We don’t need to see his justification-We will fund your research Move along #scienceamoviequote

My name is Inigo Montoya. You rejected my article. Prepare to read my heavily revised resubmission. #scienceamoviequote

And of course, it's important for any science movement to not lose sight of the challenge that is science:

“This is a very complicated study. You know, a lotta ins, a lotta outs, lotta what-have-yous.” #scienceamoviequote

Life is an inbox of peer-reviews, Forrest. You never know what you're gonna get. #scienceamoviequote

Even the National Science Foundation got in on the fun with this gem of a tweet:

“I love lab.” Anchorman #scienceamoviequote

H/T: Los Angeles Times


Though Jon Tennant's tweet (and a retweet by @Helena_LB) resulted in the current #scienceamoviequote trend, the origin of the hashtag dates back to a November 2014 tweet by neuroscientist Ben Saunders.

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