When French satirical newspaper Le Gorafi launched a new feature, Madame Gorafi, French academics decided that there was room for some even more niche coverage.
Twitter user Maître de conf', whose handle is an abbreviation of the French equivalent of "associate professor," launched the hashtag #GorafiESR to invite academics to propose stories for a hypothetical Gorafi Enseignement Supérieur et Recherche: essentially, The Onion: Higher Education and Research Edition.
So, what stories were important enough to make these tongue-in-cheek headlines? Check out our translations of the best ones below!
Interviews with exceptional researchers:
He only cites articles that he's actually read. #GorafiESR
— Sylvain Deville (@DevilleSy)
Adventures in the world of haute cuisine:
For five years, he lives exclusively off of the food at post-dissertation defense receptions #GorafiESR
— mathilde (@mathildeD_V)
Exciting research breakthroughs:
For the first time, a scholar successfully explains his research to his family #GorafiESR
— Culture Science (@CultureSci)
"She finishes her article one week before the deadline" #GorafiESR
— Stéphanie CDesprés (@schapuisdespres)
He presents at a conference without ever using the expression "paradigm shift"
— Cécile Michaut (@CecileMichaut)
Tales of financial success:
#GorafiESR "He manages to get his conference expenses reimbursed less than a week after coming back"
— David (@david__co)
Feel-good stories to warm your heart:
"The more exams she finishes grading, the more she realizes how rewarding this part of her work is" #GorafiESR
— Sophie Dulucq (@Zolotaya_Moya)
#GorafiESR #GorafiBib The "Everything You Need to Know About Open Access" handbook is now available from Elsevier
— Yvan Hochet ( @yhochet)
Helpful life tips:
On vacation, he discovers the 45-hour work week: "I feel like I'm well-rested, but I've fallen behind"#GorafiESR
— jbdoctorant (@jb_doctorant)