Sunday, 2 October 2011

Surprise of the Day

This morning, the Prime Minister hymned the praise of British inventors:

'We are brilliant inventors in this country...We invented the jet engine, DNA, the World Wide Web.'

The naughty Twitterati are having an awful lot of fun with the idea that DNA was a British invention.
'Makes me so proud,' wrote one. Of course one knows what the PM meant: the discovery of the double helix by Watson and Crick, using data produced by the overlooked woman of DNA, Rosalind Franklin:

Still, in the spirit of whimsy, now every time DNA is mentioned, I shall hear the strains of Land of Hope and Glory fire up in my head. Because it was invented by Ordinary Decent Britons. Hurrah.

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