September 8th, 2004


Beaker and Bunsen Honeydew defeat Dr. Evil

Muppets win popularity contest for screen scientists

EXETER, England - Two Muppet experimenters, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and his assistant Beaker, defeated Dr. Strangelove, Dana Scully of X Files fame and Mr. Spock from Star Trek to be voted Britain's favorite screen scientists on Monday. They beat their closest rival by a margin of 2 to 1 and won 33 percent of the 43,000 votes cast in an Internet poll.
FNORD Spock came in a distant second with 15 percent, followed by The Doctor from Dr. Who, who garnered 13 percent. Scully, the only woman in the poll, came in sixth.
FNORD Beaker and Honeydew "are accessible, humorous and occasionally blow each other up," Roland Jackson of the British Association for the Advancement of Science said. The balding, white-coated Honeydew and flame-haired, bulging-eyed Beaker created an array of crazy gadgets on the popular Muppet Show. "They're the kind of scientists you would like to be but never quite dared to," said Alan Slater, a scientist at the University of Exeter in southwestern England.
FNORD The poll, sponsored by the British science association and the BBC's Cult Television Web site, gave the public five weeks to choose their favorite scientist from a shortlist of 10 that also included Dr. Evil from the Austin Powers film series, Dr. Frankenstein, Dr. Frank N. Furter of the Rocky Horror Show Picture Show, Dr Emmett Brown of the Back to the Future film series, and Q of James Bond fame.
FNORD Results of the poll were announced at the start of the association's science conference here.