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In an effort to reach out to my sensitive colleagues who were concerned over this Barbie, I sent the following message to the entire lab:
Of course, there are those who take a scholarly approach to Barbie. Finally, there are those who would experiment with Barbie.I'd like to urge everyone to call (800) 555-1212 to protest Bob, the new talking "CS grad student" from Fast Buck Toys. Bob's 200 statements perpetuate numerous false stereotypes about computer science graduate students. Here are some samples: "I didn't understand 18.597" "Oral Exams are Hard" "I like Coke and Oreos" "I won't wear that Armani suit. Can I have a flannel shirt and leave one tail sticking out instead?" "I don't have enough money to buy a [house, car, shirt, book, meal, pencil]" "Am I free Friday night? I think so, I haven't had a date in 10 years. Wait, let me check the LSC calendar to see if they are showing Star Trek." "I hope McDonald's is still hiring when I finish my Ph.D."