In almost 20 years in various research microbiology roles there has been one career goal I have consistently failed to achieve. Since my earliest days of graduate school I have longed to contribute an original joke to the pantheon of classics that make up the niche oeuvre comprised of jokes about microbiology. I may have finally stumbled upon one, and it is a beauty. Simple, elegant, funny, but only to a select group of fellow nerds, and best of all I can find no record of it having been thought of (or at least written down) previously. I shall now reveal what I hope will one day be spoken of as an all time classic. Ready? Seriously, are you ready? Ok, here it is…..
What do they call pathogenic Listeria in Mexico?
You are welcome fellow microbiology comedians. You are welcome.
p.s. if you have seen this joke somewhere else before I need to know about it. I am no micro joke plagiarist and will withdraw my claim of originality immediately and provide a sincere written apology to the rightful inventor.