Astronomy Look-alikes, No. 23

Since my Head of School is currently on his way to a boondoggle in Mexico I thought it might be safe to point out, as many have done to me, that he bears more than a passing resemblance to Swiss Tony from the Fast Show. Doing astronomy, you see, is very like making love to a beautiful woman…

Walter Gear

Swiss Tony

10 Responses to “Astronomy Look-alikes, No. 23”

  1. “Doing astronomy, you see, is very like making love to a beautiful woman…”

    Queue bad jokes:

    Astronomers do it at night.

    Divers do it deeper.

    Lawyers do it in their briefs.

  2. telescoper Says:

    I was hoping for contributions more in the Swiss Tony style, e.g.

    Doing astronomy, you see, is very much like making love to a beautiful woman: first you make sure your equipment is ready, then you raise it to maximum elevation, make a careful choice of aperture …

    etc.

  3. Brendan Says:

    Cosmologists keep getting it wrong?

  4. “I was hoping for contributions more in the Swiss Tony style”

    Of course. Unfortunately, I wasn’t familiar with him. 😦

    Reminds me of the second story here:

    http://www.snopes.com/pregnant/babyexam.asp

    OK, in the vein of Swiss Tony:

    Cosmology: dark matter—don’t want to go that route! 🙂

    Astronomy, you see, is like making love to a beautiful woman. Best is when conditions allow one to go really deep with an all-night exposure.
    Though if you need an X-ray afterwards, you’ve done something wrong.

  5. “Doing astronomy, you see, is very like making love to a beautiful woman…”

    … in the olden days only men were allowed to do it, but that’s changed.

  6. telescoper Says:

    ..lots of people want to do it, but only a few get paid for it.

  7. John Womersley Says:

    Swiss Tony? Nonsense! it’s Radovan Karadjic:

  8. …in the old days it was a job for life, but now most folks have, at best, a series of short-term contracts, never knowing whether the current one will be extended or if another one will come along when the current one ends.

  9. Yokobeth Says:

    He also looks not unlike a certain resident of Craggy Island …

  10. […] but they also had a quick tour of the buildings and a briefing by our Head of School, Swiss Tony Walter Gear. I’m told one of the Council members asked “Excuse me, but what is Planck?”. […]

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