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Saturday, August 22, 2009


In my 1 pm Genetics class, most of my students were sleepy. They were doing their experiment on Mendel’s Law of Inheritance. Perhaps, I thought it was because of the temperature. They were supposed to be excited to discover the results of their Drossophila melanogaster culture. I thought, I really have to do something to keep them up. So, to break the monotony and awaken their senses, I wrote on the board the question for them to answer in 5 minutes. Question: “Who were the first to know that king Solomon was dead?” Five minutes went by with the room buzzing, but nobody got the correct answer. I ask again, what are those things crawling on your culture bottles? In chorus they answered, giggling, maggots!

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