August 22nd, 2009


Doctor Karl

Went to see Doctor Karl at the University of Canberra's Boiler House Lecture Theatre. I picked up free tickets for the office a week ago at the ABC shop in the Canberra centre at lunch time. Typically, they just asked how many we wanted. Scalpers love that.

Doctor Karl ( is a well known science commentator on radio here, who has a number of books out on popular science. He is probably best known for his ground-breaking research into belly button lint, for which he received an Ig Nobel Prize.

His talk - part of Science week - was a rambling discourse even by my standards, covering his trips to Spain and the Antarctic, the crash of a B-52 bomber, and myths concerning dolphins and carrots. The crowd enjoyed the whole talk immensely.