No, I don’t know what’s wrong with your ear

portrait photo of an adult black pug

“I’m sorry I can’t, I’m not actually a doctor”, you blow Uncle Robert off with his weird ear thing. It’s not the end of the world if he doesn’t understand what you do. You decide to ignore it. That doesn’t stop everyone from prying for more information.

“So if you’re in genetics, does that mean that you’ll be able to make a clone of ruffles?” your mom asks about the dog you grew up with. “I don’t think he’s going to make it through next year and I think we should be thinking of a backup plan.”

“Yeah, I’d hate it if I had to teach a new dog all his tricks!” your dad adds

Your family thinks you can clone your dog ruffles to save them some heart ache, what do you do?

Continue ignoring them and pretend you can save ruffles

Correct them and try and explain your research

Published by B McGraw

B McGraw has lived a long and successful professional life as a software developer and researcher. After completing his BS in spaghetti coding at the department of the dark arts at Cranberry Lemon in 2005 he wasted no time in getting a masters in debugging by print statement in 2008 and obtaining his PhD with research in screwing up repos on Github in 2014. That's when he could finally get paid. In 2018 B McGraw finally made the big step of defaulting on his student loans and began advancing his career by adding his name on other people's research papers after finding one grammatical mistake in the Peer Review process.

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