Loreti’s curse September 17, 2008Posted by dorigo in humor, personal.
Maurizio Loreti, a Professor of Physics, an esteemed member of my research group in Padova, and a Albert Einstein lookalike (see picture, right), has retired last January, and left for a vacation to Egypt. Maurizio is one of the most peaceful persons I know, but since January I have come to believe he is behind a string of plagues that has started to afflict our offices and lab, at the third floor of the Physics Department in Padova.
First, there was the water, in March. A powerful thunderstorm tore away a part of the roof, copious water flooded the ceiling of the office left by Maurizio and the one adjacent to it -mine-, and the panels lining the ceiling started to soak and fall under their own weight, covering desks, computers, and documents with tens of cubic feet of plywood debris and rubble. After a couple of months new ceiling panels were installed and we could return to our offices, but longer-term work on the roof is still to come.
Now, wasps. A honeycomb has been discovered on the wall of another of our offices after wasps started to invade the place, forcing another evacuation. The colleagues who work there are now waiting for the area to be secured from the infestation.
It is my opinion that the above constitutes a fair two-sigma indication that Maurizio’s trip to Egypt enabled him to gain the know-how for setting up a seven-plague curse of his former workplace. I am now waiting for a fire, or a power outage, or mice… That would make the indication a three-sigma evidence. Let’s wait and see.