Comic Relief for the STFC


One of the more high-profile charity organisations in the UK is Comic Relief, which fights poverty through comedy and entertainment. Their Red Nose Day event concludes with a television event where studios and entertainers donate their time to raise money and awareness for their cause.

In that spirit and the spirit of raising awareness of the STFC funding crisis in the UK, here my poor contribution to Comic Relief: STFC.

First, one needs some big-name headliners, such as this past year’s Dr. Who short. I propose something like Heroes, whose season 1 catch phrase was, “Heroes: save the cheerleader, save the world.” We could fix that up a bit to suit our needs:

And throw in a bit of stand-up:

How many STFC researchers does it take to fix a lightbulb?

Four. But only three got funding. (Alternately: one, but s/he only got funding for 3/4 of the job.)

How many STFC cheif execs does it take to fix a lightbulb?

Just one, but he’d rather send it to the moon.

How much STFC funding does it take to fix a lightbulb?

Just enough, but the its operational costs will run over and require restructuring of the budget.

Bonus joke: How many major US political parties have to support science funding to pass a budget that supports fundamental research?

Unknown, but n > 2.

And here’s a link to an actual Red Nose Day clip from 2007, to make up for my lack of humour. 🙂


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