“What’s wrong with your whiteboard?”, asked a colleague this morning.

I didn’t know anything was wrong with my whiteboard, which I use to keep track of grant deadlines, grants and manuscripts currently under review, and PI travel dates. But sure enough, on closer inspection it became clear that while the bottom left corner is flush to the wall, as it should be,

straight flush

the bottom right corner is, well, not.

no force or movement of the whiteboard was involved in the taking of this photo… the corner of the board is a good 5cm or so off the wall

The culprit?


I guess regular steam baths and tea breaks aren’t as good for whiteboards as they are for the people who write on them.

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7 Responses to Steamjunk

  1. Anonymous says:

    LMAO… Thanks, I needed that today!~Pharm Sci Grad

  2. Nina says:

    Haha! Reminds me I haven't had a cuppa for some hours now. And since I am (pretending/trying) working from home today, I can indulge in pots of perfectly brewed loose-tea tea.

  3. SUIRAUQA says:

    White boards give me the heeby-jeebies… I am totally an ICS kind of person!

  4. Bob O'H says:

    I've just put my kettle on to boil. It's under my desk (it has a short cord, and that's where the outlet is). Now I know of the dangers posed by this – I wonder if my legs would get bent too.

  5. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    Pharm, happy to help!Nina, hooray for proper tea!SUIRAUQA, is it the squeaky noise of the pens? It doesn't bother me but I have a friend who hates it (she also can't touch cotton wool, for the same reason apparently). I don't even know what ICS is, and googling didn't help! Bob, you might want to check the structural integrity of your desk. I bet the skin on your knees is in tip-top condition though!

  6. Dr. A says:

    Mmmmm… Tetley really is the only tea for me.

  7. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    It's definitely my favourite! I'll drink any other kind in an emergency though, except Red Rose (unless it's a life or death situation). It's nasty stuff.

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