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"The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka' but 'That's funny...'"

Science is Serious Business. That's why any self-respecting practitioner of theoretical or applied science, mathematician or philosopher will refuse to study samples, examine specimens or patients, look through a microscope, make calculations or even read - in silence. Not being able to contain their interest in the very scientific matter at hand is considered the mark of the true Absent-Minded Professor, who will mutter, murmur and mumble incessantly to prove beyond doubt that, yes, science is going on right now.

Common Sounds of Science include:

Please don't list single instances of those listed above, but rather significant or Egregious uses of this trope as well as cases where this is played with!


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Live-Action TV

  • Family Matters: Steve Urkel had Sounds of Science catchphrases; "I'm a genius!" and the strange "Shhh... not while I'm pouring."


  • Thomas Dolby: "She Blinded Me with Science". SCIENCE!!!
  • Oingo Boingo's "Weird Science" is sung by a scientist and includes cries of "It's Alive!" The movie it was made for shows that the scientist is actually singing while doing science.

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Video Games

  • ANNO: Mutationem: Several Story Breadcrumbs found in many areas display exuberant findings while talking about their studies regarding any supernatural variants they've studied.

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