Telephone sanitation and the Cosmic Microwave Background

On Thursday Andrew Jaffe from Imperial College was up giving us an excellent seminar on the CMB, and what the strange low-l anomaly could mean. Andrew has an excellent blog called Leaves on the Line, from which I learned that just before he came up from London he cleverly locked himself inside his own house. So for more reason than one we were pleased to see him.

In the pub afterwards, when there was a temporary pause in the arguments about Bayesian statistics versus frequentism, John Peacock mentioned that the other day he noticed his ear was sticky after using his phone. Apparently our cleaners spray some sort of gharrsly disinfectant on them every so often. So I guess they are telephone sanitation operatives, and Douglas Adams knew more than we realised. Maybe deep inside Cheyenne Mountain they are secretly building the B-ark as I write …

So I googled “telephone santitation” and entry number one was United States Patent 4819264 for a telephone sanitation device involving a disinfected foam pad. Damn. Why didn’t I think of that.

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2 Responses to Telephone sanitation and the Cosmic Microwave Background

  1. Stephen says:

    Granted in 1988. So it should expire next year. It appears that there is a long line of similar work going back a ways. We’ve been working on the B-ark for quite awhile.

  2. Nimish Batra says:

    But what if we find the remains of the B-Ark in a swamp?

    *shudder*

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