Dr. Bunsen Honeydew & Beaker – top boffins

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Bunsen and Beaker

In a UK poll of favorite cult TV boffins (nerdy scientists), Dr. Bunsen Honeydew & Beaker won, beating out some rather impressive competition :

1. Honeydew and Beaker (The Muppets) – 33%
2. Mr Spock (Star Trek) – 15%
3. The Doctor (Dr Who) – 13%
4. Q (James Bond) – 9%
5. Dr Emmett Brown (Back To The Future) – 8%
6. Dana Scully (The X Files) – 8%
7. Dr Strangelove – 5%
8. Frank ‘N’ Furter (Rocky Horror Picture Show) – 4%
9. Dr Evil (Austin Powers) -4%
10. Dr Frankenstein – 1%

If you aren’t familiar with them, they attempt crazy experiments which usually end up destroying their Muppet Labs facility.  Dr. Honeydew’s motto is, “Where the future is being made today.”  But what usually happens is his assistant Beaker being blown to bits or electrocuted.

In the poll, there were more than 40,000 votes cast, so this is not a small thing.  The survey was done to mark the British Association’s Festival of Science in Exeter.  The president of the BA at that time, Dame Julia Higgins, said, “I’m not sure that Dr. Honeydew is quite the role model we would be looking at for a responsible scientist.”  Yeah, probably not.  But he’s funny!  A professor taking part in the festival said, “I think the fact that they are acceptable, humorous — although they blow each other up a bit — but they are fundamentally human, I think says something about science.”  Uhh… WHAT?!?  I think his statement says something about his lack of knowledge about muppets, humans, and science.  He might want to rethink his position on that.

BeakerHere’s some of the things Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker invented and tested (links are to video clips) : edible paper clips, a gorilla detector, hair-growing tonic, a banana sharpener, a robot politician, a germ enlarger, a super-strength copy machine, and an electric nose warmer.  Also, in response to the ancient quest of alchemy to turn lead into gold, he created a device that turned gold into cottage cheese.  Definitely some random stuff!

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  1. good stuff!!! I just finished watching the one with the gorilla detector… obviously that was NOT a gorilla that attacked him. :) I enjoy all the hair-brained ideas and antics… kinda reminds me of the research & development team here at the blog. btw… speaking of them what have they been up to? It’s time to reveal their latest project.

  2. Bush and the Republicans were not protecting us on 9-11, and we aren’t a lot safer now. We may be more afraid due to george bush, but are we safer? Being fearful does not necessarily make one safer. Fear can cause people to hide and cower. What do you think? How does that work in a democracy again? How does being more threatening make us more likeable?Isn’t the country with
    the most weapons the biggest threat to the rest of the world? When one country is the biggest threat to the rest of the world, isn’t that likely to be the most hated country?
    If ever there was ever a time in our nation’s history that called for a change, this is it!
    We have lost friends and influenced no one. No wonder most of the world thinks we suck. Thanks to what george bush has done to our country during the past three years, we do!

  3. Where do I begin to respond to such nonsense? There is so much in this uninformed comment that is ignorant and false, and it perplexes me when I realize that there are really nimrods who think like this. Anyway, I’m going to attempt to address this point by point.

    First of all, this is a random, HUMEROUS blog, so this junk, while random as a response to this particular post, is, nonetheless, inappropriate for such a forum.

    Secondly, nobody was protecting us during the Billy Bob Clinton years when the World Trade Center was first bombed either. I don’t think anyone from either party conceived of an al Qaeda that would be capable of such an attack or your hero Clinton would have taken Bin Laden when the terrorist leader was offered to him. Nobody was faultless on 9-11.

    Thirdly, I don’t know where you live, but there hasn’t been another attack on the homeland here in the U.S. since 9-11, so I don’t live in fear. I feel relatively safe. In fact, Iraq is as safe as the state of California (which is comparable in population to Iraq) for our soldiers. More people are murdered and are killed in accidents EACH YEAR in California than all of our soldiers that have died in Iraq and Afghanistan combined since the wars started.

    Next point on democracy, the U.S. is a Democratic Republic, not a pure democracy. Allow me to explain. We have a representative form of government that governs by the concensus of the majority while also giving the minority a say through elected representatives. This very legislature (with a majority of BOTH parties voting “YES”) gave our military’s Commander-in-Chief (the President, in this case, George W. Bush) broad authority to make war to enforce U.N. resolutions that were continually and blatantly ignored and defied by the late Saddam Hussein. So to say that this “democracy” is causing your limp-wristed, slack-jawed “cowering”, you have to look to your lefty friends who voted for the war just like the Republicans to place the blame correctly. By the way, that Iraqi war has been a great success and by hisorical standards, is the lowest casualty count of any extended war in American history! Don’t believe everything the media tells you about how badly the war is going because if all you ever see is the mayhem in the streets of Baghdad, are you really getting the full picture of a nation of over 25 million people that is mostly relatively peaceful with the thugs concentrated in ONE city and getting ALL the camera time?

    Next, the U.S., while not faultless on the world stage, has largely been a force for good and has brought freedom to many. Soviet communism, for example, fell victim to our great nation, thanks to the vision and strength of one of our nation’s greatest Presidents-Ronald Reagan. He built our military to unprecedented strength and the Soviets were spent into bankruptcy through military initiatives under Reagan’s direction. Having the most guns is a good thing if you are a force for good in the eternal battle against evil. I want rogue nations and terrorist groups that seek to destroy us to feel threatened. This maintains the peace at home. And as for the war in Iraq, would you rather fight the terrorists in Iraq or have them on our shores bombing our cities and killing our families? I say fight them over there and let the professional military folks handle the terrorists over there.

    There may be more points to address here, but I’m only going to address one more because I can only stand so much of the ignorance displayed in your comment. That point is that the only “friends” we have supposedly “lost” are those that are jealous of our strength and prosperity and the ones that were bribed by Saddam Hussein in the “oil for food” program/ scandal. It has now been shown that France, Russia, and others were “bought” by Saddam by giving them oil contracts in exchange for the money that was supposed to be earmarked for food for the average Iraqi family that suffered from the trade sanctions imposed by the U.N. That money instead went into Saddam’s pockets while your dear “friends” around the world voted against going to war along-side us because it was in their collective interest to keep Saddam in power so they could cash-in on all that oil. And people say WE went to war for oil! Those wimpy countries like France stayed OUT of the war FOR oil. They were blinded to Saddam’s atrocities by their greed. Besides we have all the friends we need in Great Britain, Australia, Kuwait, and others. Not everyone always gets along. I’m not so insecure in my nation that I think that we have to “make nice” with everyone around the world. But just wait and watch. When those “lost friends” start needing money, who do you think they’ll turn to for aid?

    I hope this helps you understand the errors contained in your comment and will cause you to do more research before allowing your political leanings to cause you to spout any more inaccuracies.

  4. Going back to what the professor said, while muppets and humans aren’t so compatible, I think blowing stuff up is part of science. There should be more videos on that. I suspect everyone enjoys a good explosion. And that’s a great tactic to get teenage boys interested in science. When science teachers are talking about various chemical compounds and how they have so many electrons and protons and positrons spinning around each other, that can get boring. But if the teacher talked about how mixing these various chemicals cause explosions and meltdowns, that would get folks’ attention. And especially so if he demonstrated this, even on a small scale. Maybe I should be a teacher, because I’d make learning FUN… :)

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