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Sunday, September 18, 2005

Failed Sociological Experiments #1-10

As a fully accredited sociologist, it is my duty to study the human condition in all it's forms. This includes intentionally provoking others through amazingly contrived situations, thereby forcing them to accept ideas beyond their current thought-processes. The following are failed experiments that resulted in lawsuits and/or property damage.


Failed Sociological Experiment #1: Operation Darwin

Purpose of Experiment: To study humans in their natural habitat.

Hypothesis: Humans tend to form complex social interactions when left to their own devices.

Findings: No findings. Hidden ceiling camera discovered by several subjects.


Failed Sociological Experiment #2: Mr. Critical

Purpose of Experiment: To record the reaction of several people to harsh, loud criticism by a complete stranger.

Hypothesis: Some people will be too perplexed to protest; others will sharply defend themselves against unwanted criticism.

Findings: Store managers ask you to leave when they see you screaming at customers.


Failed Sociological Experiment #3: Call of the Wild

Purpose of Experiment: Go through a public zoo with a silent dog whistle. Record the reactions of people when you use it.

Hypothesis: When the pandas start tearing each other apart, someone will tell you to knock it off.

Findings: Crowds love dueling pandas.


Failed Sociological Experiment #4: Bootless Bootlegging

Purpose of Experiment: Go through a security checkpoint to Mexico with an empty car. Go through the same checkpoint later with about twenty bags of sand, and act suspicious. Repeat each day for two weeks.

Hypothesis: The government is willing to spend thousands of dollars and dozens of hours investigating bags of sand.

Findings: Homeland Security detention centers are cold.


Failed Sociological Experiment #5: Come Again?

Purpose of Experiment: Ask someone for directions. Then, ask them to repeat what they just said. Keep asking them to repeat themselves until they give up and leave. Find out how long that takes.

Hypothesis: People will think you either have a serious memory problem, or are messing with them.

Findings: 45% of participants thought they were on a hidden camera show.


Failed Sociological Experiment #6: Tammany Hall

Purpose of Experiment: Pick a random member of Congress and send him/her letters accusing him/her of corruption. Find out if that member of Congress will personally respond to such outlandish accusations.

Hypothesis: No one in Congress has the kind of time to respond to baseless accusations.

Findings: Homeland Security detention centers are really cold.


Failed Sociological Experiment #7: Pen Pals

Purpose of Experiment: Wait until one in the morning. Then, look through your phone book for someone that lives a few miles away. Call them and claim to be from another country and ask to be pen pals.

Hypothesis: Most people will politely explain the difference in time zones and ask that they call back later.

Findings: People with Caller ID aren't so polite.


Failed Sociological Experiment #8: Beam Me Up

Purpose of Experiment: Find out how much the average person knows about Star Trek and thinks about Star Trek fans.

Hypothesis: The average person is neutral towards Star Trek, yet despises its fans (trekkies).

Findings: Although only 28% of subjects think trekkies are “nerds”, 79% feel that Star Trek fans do not exercise much. A whopping 61% believed that Star Trek and Star Wars were created by the same person.


Failed Sociological Experiment #9: Armageddon

Purpose of Experiment: Find out how many people think the world will end in the next couple of years.

Hypothesis: No one could be gullible enough to think that, given all our advanced technology and ingenuity, the world will end.

Findings: The world is ready for Armageddon insurance.


Failed Sociological Experiment #10: A Rose by Any Other Name

Purpose of Experiment: Strike up a conversation with a complete stranger. During the conversation, make up words. Record whether the person asks the meaning of the word or derives its meaning from the context.

Hypothesis: The more real a word sounds, the more likely it is that the subject will derive its meaning.

Findings: Freudian slips make this experiment unfeastible.

There have been 10 Cries of Anguish:

Blogger Roboshrub Incorporated maliciously intimated...

Gyrobo. He is our hero. Solving the energy crisis, with Sociology!

9/18/2005 1:40 PM  
Blogger Gyrobo maliciously intimated...

Laugh all you want. This research got me two Nobel prizes!

9/18/2005 2:55 PM  
Blogger Natalia maliciously intimated...

Shut up! Are you really a csociologist or are you just fibbing? Don't mess with my feelings.

-N

9/19/2005 9:50 AM  
Blogger Gyrobo maliciously intimated...

All right, I admit it- I'm not a sociologist. I'm actually the Secretary of the Treasury. Or perhaps a marine biologist. You can never tell.

9/19/2005 11:22 AM  
Blogger Roboshrub Incorporated maliciously intimated...

His entire life is a sociology experiment.

9/19/2005 2:54 PM  
Blogger Adjuster maliciously intimated...

Bring on the deuling pandas, wherever they may roam!

Send me a self-addressed stamped envelope if you would like to recieve the End of Days Survival Manual and Dietary Guide.

I like to see Star Wars and Star Trek in terms of class stuggle: Star Trek is proletariat, Star Wars aristocratic.

The idea for both the Ewoks and Klingons were stolen from my personal files, sometime in the early eighties.

I plan to corner the fortune cookie market.

9/19/2005 9:21 PM  
Blogger flatlander maliciously intimated...

Pay no heed to the mad ravings of the Endtime Adjuster. He's been encasing his head in pre-chewed bubble gum again.

9/19/2005 9:24 PM  
Blogger Adjuster maliciously intimated...

Puny mortal! Don't mock my Helmet of Meditation without first trying it (available online, $19.95).

9/19/2005 9:26 PM  
Blogger Gyrobo maliciously intimated...

Not the fortune cookie market! That's where I get my fortune cookies!

9/19/2005 9:45 PM  
Blogger Roboshrub Incorporated maliciously intimated...

Ewok backwards is "Kowe." The Ewoks were originally bred as livestock, but became too intelligent for their creators. This is the future Lucas has projected for Mankind.

9/20/2005 3:30 PM  

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