Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Doctoral Student Loses His Shit

Leeds University in northern England has apologized to doctoral student, Daniel Bennett, for throwing away a 77lb bag of lizard excrement that took him seven years to collect.

Daniel Bennett told Times Higher Education magazine that the steamy pile of sweetcorn was part of a field study for his doctoral research collected in the Philippines.

Bennett was offered a compensation of $750 by the university which he rejected and said he would "see them in court".

"Whether it was the largest collection of lizard shit in the world is uncertain, but it certainly contained the only dietary sample from that little-known species Varanus olivaceus, and probably the most complete dietary record of any single population of animals in South East Asia. Its loss left me reeling and altered the course of my life forever."

I understand that this guy lost everything he worked so hard towards, but to say that it altered the course of his life forever?? I don't know, I once lost my rock collection - - and by lost I mean the entire pile of pebbles was stolen and thrown away by the cool kids in skool -- but I learned my lesson and now I have just one really big rock, and he is gray and smooth and his name is George... He is a very good rock. My George. My George.

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