Friday, April 20, 2012

Lab Quote Friday: Packing Peanuts

In Organic Chemistry lab this week, the students made slime, silly putty, and other fun stuff.  They were also observing the difference in various packing peanuts.  During the pre-lab lecture, the professor was explaining the difference between polystyrene packing peanuts (the traditional styrofoam peanuts we've all seen) and polyglucose packing peanuts (the new starch-based biodegradable packing peanuts).  At the end of the lecture a student approached the professor:

Student:  I don't think I'm going to be able to participate in lab today.
Professor:  Oh?  Why is that?
Student:  Well, I'm allergic to peanuts.

Hahaha!  I'm still laughing about this one.  If you have a peanut allergy, you should certainly know the difference between a real peanut and a packing peanut!
Polystyrene packing peanuts
Polyglucose packing peanuts
Cultivated peanuts!!


Amanda said...

hahahaha apparently that student was totally checked out mentally during the lecture, too!

Shelly said...

Was the student serious?! Oh my! Maybe your post should be part of future lectres to settle the minds of those with peanut allergies! Too much!