Today we had a cryonics demonstration. A poor housefly was very sick and crawling on the keyboard of an FPLC in the lab. One of the postdocs decided that the only thing to do was freeze the fly in liquid nitrogen and then thaw it when technology had progressed far enough to cure the poor beast.
And so, a fly came to live at the bottom of a dewar full of liquid nitrogen. Once medical science had advanced by leaps and bounds, approximately 30 seconds later, the fly was removed from liquid nitrogen and allowed to warm to room temperature on a benchtop. Sadly, the fly never recovered. Everyone lost interest. Until I decided there were other things a fly and liquid nitrogen could be used for. Such as reenacting the Terminator 2 robo-shattering scene. Of course, no one really got it when I quipped "Ice to see you, fly" in my best Ahnold voice after the dramatic moment. These people need a little A$$ Merchant introduction.
Posted on June 18, 2003 10:58 AM