Wednesday, 30 November 2011

To the geologist a road cutting is a tourist attraction!

I dont know where this came from as it was sent to me in an email but it is so good I had to reproduce it... well good as far as geological humour goes!

You know if you are a geologist if:

  • You can pronounce the word "molybdenite" correctly on the first try.
  • You think the primary function of road cuttings is for a tourist attraction.
  • You associate the word "hard" with a value on Moh's scale instead of "work".
  • The pile of rocks in your garage is taller than you are.
  • you have a strong opinion as to whether pieces of concrete are properly called "rocks".
  • The local university's geology department requests permission to hold a field trip in your back yard.
  • There's amethyst in your aquarium.
  • Your wife has asked you to move flats of rocks out of the tub so she could take a bath.
  • You spellchecker has a vocabulary that includes the words "polymorph" and "pseudomorph".
  • You think Rocky, Jewel and Beryl are good names for your children.
  • You were the only member of the group who spent their time looking at cathedral walls through your hand lens during your last trip to Europe.
  • Work wont give you time off to attend the national gem and mineral show and you go anyway.
  • You begin fussing because the light strips you installed on your bookshelf is not full spectrum.
  • You've purchased an individual, unfaceted rock, regardless of the price.
  • You've ever spent more than $50 on a book about rocks.
  • You shouted "Obsidian!" while watching "The Shawshank Redemption".
  • You find yourself compelled to examine individual rocks in driveway gravel.
  • The Geological Survey identifies your rock collection as a major contributing factor to isostasy in your state.
  • You know the location of every rock shop within 2 hours drive of your home and when they haven't seen you for a week the shop owners send you get well cards.
  • You have retired but are still thinking you need another room on your house for your collection.
  • You get annoyed when people think you are talking about petroleum when you are discussing matters about petrology.
  • Your idea of a "quiet romantic evening at home" involves blue mineral tack and thumbnail boxes.
  • You plan to use a pick and shovel while you are on holiday.
  • You can point out were Tsumeb is on a world globe.
  • You associate the word "saw" with diamonds instead of "wood".
  • You consider a microscope useless unless it has polarising lenses and an accessory plate.
  • You begin wondering what a complete set of the Mineralogical Record is worth and when you find out you actually consider paying for it.
  • you've installed more than one mineralogical database program on your computer.
  • You throw out clothes instead of rocks to keep the weight of your baggage down before checking into your flight.
  • You receive a letter from the local council informing you that you will need a landfill permit if you place any more rocks on your property.
  • Your internet home page as pictures of your rocks.
  • There's a copy of Dana's Manual of Mineralogy next to your toilet.
  • You still think that pet rocks are a pretty neat idea.
  • You get excited when you discover a hardware store that stocks 16 pound sledge hammers.
  • You debate for months on the internet concerning the relative advantages and drawbacks of vibratory versus drum tumblers.
  • Your employer has requested you don't bring any more rocks into the office.
  • You really want to keep the rock on your wife's wedding ring.
  • You know that the word "aa" does not refer to the alcoholic support group.

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