Semantics

On my way to pick up some sushi and maki rolls from a nearby restaurant, I encountered this intriguing sign:

lose 21 lbs

So, as a scientist, I first thought “Why 21 pounds?” Why not 12, or 15, or 17 and 3/4? But in looking more carefully at the sign, I realized that the important question–scientifically–is… for how long will I need to fast to lose 21 pounds?

About Steve Caplan

I am a Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska where I mentor a group of about 10 students, postdoctoral fellows and researchers working on endocytic protein trafficking. My first lablit novel, "Matter Over Mind," is about a biomedical researcher seeking tenure and struggling to overcome the consequences of growing up with a parent suffering from bipolar disorder. Lablit novel #2, "Welcome Home, Sir," published by Anaphora Literary Press, deals with a hypochondriac principal investigator whose service in the army and post-traumatic stress disorder actually prepare him well for academic, but not personal success. Novel #3, "A Degree of Betrayal," is an academic murder mystery that is now in press! All views expressed are my own, of course--after all, I hate advertising. http://www.stevecaplan.net
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2 Responses to Semantics

  1. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    Thanks for the chuckle on a rainy Monday morning!

    • Steve Caplan says:

      What I wouldn’t give for a bit of the wet stuff that falls from the sky. It’s predicted to him 108 deg. F today, and it’s been 100s+ for the last 10 days…

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