The relative peace of the optical lab was broken by a loud crash.
“Crap! That’s the third lens I’ve broken today,” exclaimed Jill.
“What’s going on with you?” asked Karen. She helped Jill pick the pieces off the floor.
“I don’t know. I’ve been so tired lately,” said Jill.
“Did you know scientists have no explanation why people need sleep?” asked Karen.
“Then scientists are stupid,” snapped Jill. She noticed the shocked look on Karen’s face.
“Don’t say that. We’re scientists,” objected Karen.
“How do you figure?”
“We wear white lab coats, for one thing.”
“Well, if you set the bar that low,” scoffed Jill.
Karen buckled down. “We create medical appliances.”
“True,” conceded Jill.
“And, we do it by applying the complex laws of physics,” said Karen, now on a roll.
“That we don’t understand,” added Jill.
“We still do it,” said Karen.
“On machines so technical we barely know how to operate them,” Jill.
“It’s not that bad,” replied Karen.
“I wonder if other scientists are as clueless as we are?” asked Jill.
Karen frowned. “What’re you talking about? We scientists are the greatest people on earth.”
Jill looked at Karen with a raised eyebrow. “Well, at least we wear white lab coats.”