If you haven't checked out twitter lately, you might want to. Tweeters like WorstProfEver and hashtags like #overlyhonestmethods bring together like-minded academics in a way that is sometimes funny and more than often a little confessional. Either way, it's worth a look. Remember that Academic Ladder is on twitter as well, so you are welcome to follow us: https://twitter.com/academicladder . You can also find some of the funniest "overly honest methods" at the blog Runt of the Web , which has paired the most popular methodology tweets with images. My favorite? "PCR reaction repeated for 25 cycles because that's how long it takes to go teach class."