I just have to share a truly awful press release headline with you:
Prawnography shows captive bred prawns lack lust
It’s all an attempt to find out why prawns bred in captivity did not go on to breed well. Researchers at Queensland University of Technology studied hours of tapes of prawns having sex, hence … prawnography. When I first read the word I assumed it was some new kind of imaging technique, but then the awful truth dawned as I read on.

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I am a librarian in a biomedical research institute. I've been around a few years, long enough to know that exciting new things fall into the same familiar patterns. I'm interested in navigating a path for libraries as we move further from print to electronic resources to open research, and become more embedded in research workflows.
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16 Responses to Prawnography

  1. Cath Ennis says:

    It’s hard out there for a shrimp.

  2. Cath Ennis says:

    Bah. Screw you guys, I’m going home.

  3. Frank Norman says:

    I see Christie has written more about this. I took the easy option of just providing a link but Christie has explained what it’s all about.
    Cath – I did wonder whether that was a slightly risque (or should that be bisque?) joke, but I thought “no I’m sure that nice Cath Ennis wouldn’t be making a rude joke now”. Or have I got the wrong end of the shrimp?

  4. Cath Ennis says:

    It happens occasionally…
    Bisque – LOL

  5. Henry Gee says:

    Chill out, Cath. No need to get crabby.

  6. Cath Ennis says:

    Nah, just flexing my mussels
    (Seen on an “English” restaurant menu in Bruges: “The chef’s own muscles”. Also, “Tepid lobster at the style of the grandfather”).

  7. Frank Norman says:

    These jokes are warming the cockles of my heart.

  8. Henry Gee says:

    @ Cath – LOL… Keep going, don’t clam up.

  9. Cath Ennis says:

    Oy! Ster-ing it up again, are you?

  10. Henry Gee says:

    Mind like a razor, you have. I consider myself scalloped.

  11. Frank Norman says:

    Whel, k-an you believe this torrent of “jokes”?

  12. Henry Gee says:

    You might have to exercise the Nucula option.

  13. Cath Ennis says:

    These rotten seafood jokes are making me feel rather limp – et’s not a good start to the day. You’re all so shellfish. I actually had to go and buy some antacids. That’s almost eleven Canadian dollars – or sick squid.

  14. Maxine Clarke says:

    Those fossil fish undertaking a certain activity, published in Nature, contributed significantly to the crash a week or so ago – so I was keeping quiet on this one! (I was going to write clammed but Cath used that already).

  15. Kristi Vogel says:

    Had there been time at CISB09, Gees Minor and Minima and I could have crocheted an echinoderm with abundant sharp spines, perhaps made from fir or spruce needles.
    It would have been a veritable Urchin of Menace.

  16. Henry Gee says:

    @ Maxine – sigh. It probably says something about the human condition that a paper about sex, even in fishes that died out more than 300 million years ago, crashed the Nature site.
    @ Kristi – not an Urchin of DOOM?

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