Rabbits Ph. D. Thesis


Rabbit’s Ph. D. Thesis:

A Parable for Graduate Students

Scene: It’s a fine sunny day in the forest, and a rabbit is sitting outside his burrow, tippy-tapping on his typewriter.

Along comes a fox, out for a walk.

Fox: “What are you working on?”

Rabbit: “My thesis.”

Fox: “Hmmm. What’s it about?”

Rabbit: “Oh, I’m writing about how rabbits eat foxes.” (incredulous pause)

Fox: “That’s ridiculous! Any fool knows that rabbits don’t eat foxes.”

Rabbit: “Sure they do, and I can prove it. Come with me.”

They both disappear into the rabbit’s burrow. After a few minutes, the rabbit returns, alone, to his typewriter and resumes typing.

Soon, a wolf comes along and stops to watch the hardworking rabbit.

Wolf: “What’s that you’re writing?”

Rabbit: “I’m doing a thesis on how rabbits eat wolves.” (loud guffaws)

Wolf: “You don’t expect to get such rubbish published, do you?”

Rabbit: “No problem. Do you want to see why?”

The rabbit and the wolf go into the burrow, and again the rabbit returns by himself, after a few minutes, and goes back to typing.

Scene: Inside the rabbit’s burrow. In one corner, there is a pile of fox bones. In another corner, a pile of wolf bones. On the other side of the room, a huge lion is belching and picking his teeth.

(The End)

Moral: It doesn’t matter what you choose for a thesis subject. It doesn’t matter what you use for data. What does matter is who you have for a thesis advisor.



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Rabbits Ph. D. Thesis