PhD Students Were Asked: 'What Is A Dumbed Down Summary Of Your Thesis?' Here's What They Said.

"Nanoparticles are weird, and I accidentally made a bomb and electrocuted myself."

Your typical graduate student thesis may contain really cool, potentially world-changing information — but, for the most part, it will be too complicated for most people to understand

So one Reddit thread asked the question: "What is a dumbed down summary of your thesis?" 

The responses of PhD students on the thread are so good and simple that even we can understand them. And aside from the hilarity, the responses also prove there are people all over the world trying to solve pretty much every problem imaginable by performing a massive range of studies — successful or not — which is pretty amazing.  

Here are a few of our favorites responses:

 1. Girls take birth control. Girls pee out unmetabolized estrogens from birth control. Pee goes to water treatment plant, estrogens not treated, male fish become female fish. — Altzul

2. Two proteins touch each other in a specific place in the developing heart. No idea if it's important for anything. — penguinpaige

3. Old gay people are doing just fine. — GloriousGoldenPants

4. Nanoparticles are weird and I accidentally made a bomb and electrocuted myself. — m33

5. Sand washes away, don't build important stuff on it. — zoidy-1

6. When I get rid of this gene, it messes the brain up. A lot. — NeuroscienceNerd

7. Children learn by being a particular kind of dumb, and if you want a computer to learn from adults as fast as children do, you need to program it to start by being dumb in that way. — ianperera

8 People sometimes think about animals as if they're people. People like those animals a little more than regular animals. Except when they don't. — too_many_mangos

9. My experimental drug does NOT cure addiction. — NotSoCleverPork

10. Does music express emotions or just elicit them? Read the next 200 pages to not find out. — welldogmycats

11. Tried to cure breast cancer, but I didn't. Turns out curing cancer isn't as simple as it seems. — mrs_sugarlips

12. PhD in progress: kids can be little shits when their parents can't parent. Helping these parents make friends with other parents of little shit kids stops the production of little shits. — nerderella

13. People trying meditation for the first time get aroused. — PainMatrix

14. I can make models of galaxies in a computer, but I can't explain why they don't act like real ones. Even if I bash them together or stir them around. — McMillan_Astro

15. When I get rid of this gene, it messes the brain up. A lot. — NeuroscienceNerd

16. . Museums digitised their collections wrong, can we use computers to fix it? Sort of. — practisevoodoo

17. When the government wants to give handouts to poor people, too much of that money winds up in the hands of people who aren't poor at all. Why? Because the forms you have to fill in to get the handouts are too complicated, and poor people can't read so good. — leckerschmecker

18. The stereotype that the more time you spend online, the more scared you are of the world; it's pretty darn accurate. —  talsiran

19. There are amoebas living in volcanos, but I never captured Bigfoot on film (I tried). — RNAPII

20. Make this thing shiny that didn't used to be shiny. — gliscameria

21. "Inpatients with schizophrenia are happier and socialize more in the context of a music listening group. It was obvious before we began the project and we learned nothing." — wouldyestap

(H/T: Tickld)

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