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#LOTRyourResearch Is The Funniest Thing We’ve Read All Week

One does not simply turn on a particle accelerator.

FIONA MACDONALD
25 NOV 2015

Anyone who's worked in a lab will know that researchers love a good pun, particularly if it allows them to blend their favourite pop culture references with some serious science. I mean, where else do you think The Big Bang Theory gets the inspiration for its jokes from?

 

And now some clever soul on Twitter has opened Pandora's science-pun-box after starting the #LOTRyourResearch hashtag, and it's encouraged some of the brightest minds on the Internet to fit their complex research into a Lord of the Rings quote. Suffice it to say, the results have been pretty glorious. 

This isn't the first time scientists have given us some amazing hashtags, just think back to #IAmAScientistBecause and #ILookLikeAnEngineer. But even though the content is often funny, what we love the most about these tweets isn't just the humour, it's the insight it provides into the day-to-day lives of scientists, programmers, mathematicians, doctors, and engineers. 

And if this latest hashtag is anything to go by, the world of peer-review publishing is a lot more like a medieval war than we realised.

Below are a few of our favourites tweets from the hashtag so far. Warning: if you’re reading them while eating lunch at your desk like we were, there is a slight risk of choking on your falafel. Enjoy safely.

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