“You’re Not Even Holding an Erlenmeyer Flask.”

Thanks to A for the tip-off!

Rebecca Watson

Rebecca is a writer, speaker, YouTube personality, and unrepentant science nerd. In addition to founding and continuing to run Skepchick, she hosts Quiz-o-Tron, a monthly science-themed quiz show and podcast that pits comedians against nerds. There is an asteroid named in her honor. Twitter @rebeccawatson Mastodon Instagram @actuallyrebeccawatson TikTok @actuallyrebeccawatson YouTube @rebeccawatson BlueSky

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  1. Why didn’t he say he was going incognito as a mathematician? I mean, if he goes around advertising that he’s a chemical engineer, he’ll just get mobbed by lustful groupies.

    They’re very lustful, yes they are…

  2. You can’t really blame her for not believing him. Does a day go by without an article in the paper about someone posing as a chemical engineer just to bath in the glory? How many times have you overheard a guy at a bar telling some hottie, “No, really, I’m a chemical engineer. I’m just dressed as a fireman because I was on my way to a costume party.”

    Poor, envious bastards…

  3. i have an erlenmeyer flask and it’s much bigger than his.
    i limit my chemical engineering to starting yeast for homebrewing beer.

  4. As I learned in my organic chemistry lab, Erlenmeyer flasks don’t change colors when hot.

  5. chemical engineers don’t do chemistry. if she wants an antidote why not ask a chemist? or doctor (for one that will have a chance of working)? probably because it’s a joke and i’m a dick for being a dick about it.

    funny, disagree with premiss

  6. @henryteeare: You’re not a dick for spotting that. I watched this with three other people and we all said the same thing.

    This kind of nit-picking doesn’t make us dicks. It makes us nerds.

  7. Thanks for the kind words, everyone! My sketch group Escape Pod Films made this. Chemical Engineers are America’s unsung heroes!

    (And henryteeare, you’re right, but Chemist doesn’t sound as funny as Chemical Engineer. Also, the woman was under a great deal of distress, so she probably just mixed up the professions…or something.)

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