Today I was looking at Pinterest with my little sister, and we came across the following meme:
I got a giggle out of it at first, but my sister did not. You may be wondering if she was too dumb to get it. “Come on, ‘degree’ like Celsius and ‘degree’ like from college. How difficult is that?” Well, my dear reader, you underestimate my sister. Our conversation went something like this:
“Hey, Ash, look at this meme about a graduated cylinder and a thermometer.”
*reads meme and stares blankly*
“I don’t get it…”
“What don’t you get? You know, ‘degree’?”
“No, I get that a thermometer has degree markings, but the cylinder is ‘graduated’ so shouldn’t it technically have one too? See? It’s stupid and not funny. They should have made it a flask or something instead…. Or I guess they could have said ‘the high school graduated cylinder’ but that’s not really funny either.”
After she was done explaining herself, the meme had lost every bit of hilarity it had held so few moments ago. So what was my reaction? Post her thoughts to facebook of course. Then, the comments on the post just made it even better thanks to my best friend.
Clearly this cylinder was a dropout who had to get his GED, which is the only reason the thermometer made the comment in the first place.
Also, to save all you (Jacob) the googling to correct me, I thought GED meant General Education *Degree* too, but it does not. It actually, in the US, means General Equivalency Diploma.
Also the thermometer should have more than one degree….So why would it say “a” degree?
If the thermometer had emphasized his copious amount of degrees, then it would be okay that he was trying to outdo a graduated cylinder that probably only got one degree, right?
Then, after our little chat, TJ came up with a new and improved version of the meme. I think it is by far superior.
Graduated Cylinder to Beaker: At least I have a degree!
Thermometer: Guess what? I HAVE OVER ONE HUNDRED.
So there you have it, folks. Any other group of people and this post would have gone something like this…
“Hey, come look at this meme about a graduated cylinder and a thermometer.”
“Haha that’s kinda funny.”
But since when have we settle for normalcy? I guess that’s what happens when a high school honors student, her honors dorm resident big sister, and her sister’s future chemical engineer best friend try to enjoy a simple chemistry joke.
Over analyzing: it’s kind of our thing.