“The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.” (Harlan Ellison)

I always thought that winning a Nobel Prize was an incredible accomplishment, that only the best and brightest could ever achieve. It turns out I was wrong. Apparently, Nobel Prize winners can be just as ignorant and foolish as the rest of us. This week, it was revealed that a Nobel Prize winning scientist named Tim Hunt is actually one of the most clueless men to ever walk the planet. Here’s the link to the article for background purposes.


I’ve been around now for 60+ years and my opinions are based on real life experiences, both good and bad. So let me just say this once and for all. I would rather work with a department full of distractingly sexy women than one, Tim Hunt. Here’s why. Arrogant and insensitive men, like Tim Hunt, are a pain . This is just my opinion so please don’t waste your time trying to disprove it. Are their arrogant, insensitive women in the world? Absolutely, but they’re outnumbered 10 to 1 by men like Tim Hunt. Mr. Hunt thinks women cry too much. Maybe that’s because they have to work with men like him. It’s called causality, Tim. It’s a science term you should know by now.

The part of this story that makes my point is the way the women reacted. Taking photos and demonstrating their distractingly sexy side was absolutely the best response possible. They didn’t cry or complain, they just outsmarted him in a way that convincingly refutes his thesis. They didn’t even resort to calling him names, which is usually the go to response for most people in a similar situation.

Which brings me to the main point I would like to make. When are we ever going to stop generalizing about humanity? Every time someone utters this kind of nonsense it is immediately recognized as a completely irrational statement. In my experience, there are few, if any, absolute character traits that define the sexes and the same could be said for ethnicity and nationality. For every single idiotic generality I’ve ever heard, I can give a dozen examples of why it doesn’t make sense. In the end, the only thing we ever learn about humanity is that we are all equally capable of being clueless when it comes to understanding human behavior. Frankly, I would rather spend my time enjoying my relationships than wasting a minute in some futile attempt to categorize character traits. Maybe we should have a Nobel Prize for Stupidity and they have to pay the money back.

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2 Responses to “The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.” (Harlan Ellison)

  1. Amy says:

    We do have a Nobel Prize for stupidity. The Darwin Awards are also held every year. This guy should be in the running for stupid quotes or being too full of himself.

    • grhgraph says:

      This one’s for you Amy. I would love to see you in a lab with this dufus. Darwin would even be ashamed of this clown.

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