This proposal being given in a more liberal era, the student got the funding.
He filled out mountains of forms, set up a lab with a ready supply of terns, and proceeded on his way.
After a year of diligent work, grovelling monthly before the review committee to get his stipend, and living with drugged terns, he completed his study.
With trembling hands, he delivered his 247-page report, complete with charts and graphs, to the review committee.
The august body perused his study, asking penetrating questions and reducing our student to a bundle of nerves.
Finally, the department head stood slowly. The light reflecting off her steel rimmed glasses, she stared down at the student for a few minutes.
“There is a lot of good work here,” she stated.
“But we can’t accept this report. You have detailed marvelously the effects of THC on terns but you forgot one essential
step: you have no control group.”
The student turns ashen and said, “You don’t mean…”
“Yes. I’m afraid so. You left no tern unstoned.”
- Terns up the Elan (radnorshirebirds.wordpress.com)
- Is Driving High on Marijuana Safer Than Driving Drunk? (blogs.lawyers.com)
- The Little Least Terns (serenityspell.com)