Academic Humour
The heaviest element known to science was recently discovered by physicists as Whatsamata U. The element, tentatively named Administratium, has no protons or electrons and thus has an atomic number of 0. However, it does have a neutron, 125 assistant neutrons, 75 vice-neutrons and 111 assistant vice-neutrons. This gives it an atomic mass number of 312.

These 312 particles are held together in the nucleus by meson-like particles called memos.

Since it has no electrons, Administratium is inert. However, it can be detected chemically as it impedes every reaction it comes into contact with. According to discoverers, a minute amount of Administratium caused one reaction to take 4 days to complete when it would normally take 1 second.

Administratium has a normal half-life of approximately 3 years, at which time it does not actively decay, but instead undergoes a reorganisation in which assistant neutrons, vice-neutrons and assistant vice-neutrons exchange places. Some studies have shown that atomic mass number actually increases after reorganisation.

Research at other laboratories indicates that Administratium occurs naturally in the atmosphere. It tends to condense and concentrate at certain points such as government agencies and universities, and can usually be found in the newest, best appointed and best maintained buildings. Scientists point out that Administratium is known to be toxic at any level of concentration and can easily destroy any productive reaction where it is allowed to accumulate.

Attempts are being made to determining how Administratium can be controlled to prevent irreversible damage, but results to date are not promising.
New Element Discovered!
A challenge for many long ages
Had baffled the savants and sages
Yet at last came the light:
Seems old Fermat was right
To the margin add 200 pages.

Paul Chernoff, From the net at location: ~nienhuys/scijokes/sj14.txt
Euclid's Last (or Lost) Theorem

In a triangle called ABC,
Pick a point on AB, call it P.
Pick a Q on BC,
Where BQ is BP.
Ah the joys of pure geo-me-tree!

On CA pick an R, oh please do,
Where CR is exactly CQ,
And now pick an S
On AB, more or less,
So that "AS is AR" is true.

On BC the next letter is T,
Where BT is BS, don't you see.
On CA pick a U,
And you'll know what to do,
Next what's this? We've arrived back at P!

Now some proofs were soon found close at hand,
But it didn't turn out quite as planned,
For though not very large
(They would fit in the marg-
in) regrettably, none of them scanned.

David Gale in Mathematical Intelligencer, Vol. 20, No. 4 p32
Fermat's last theorem
Lord of the Rings - an allegory of the PhD?
A rocket explorer named Wright
Once travelled much faster than light.
He set out one day
In a relative way
And returned on the previous night.
A mnemonic for all English kings since William the Conqueror
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