Mon 30 Jan, 2012 08:37 am
Does it mean "But hey, prove that my point (labs are not attractive to sex) is wrong, people"?
3. Labs are not conducive to sex.
Unless you work in a sex lab, which may or may not be a real thing, it’s unlikely you can convince anyone to crawl under your lab bench with you (“Just ignore the discarded pipette tips, baby”) and, as protein biophysicists say, put their zinc fingers in your leucine zipper. But hey, prove me wrong, people.
It's very conversational/ colloquial.
It's stating a thesis, and then asking people to argue with or disprove that thesis.
It's an idiom used to encourage an answer, just for the sake of argument.
It's used often times and usually for retorical or absurd premises. Really, more of a joking challenge.
I would say it's more tongue in cheek in this particular instance.
In this case, it isn't prove the thesis wrong with boring facts and figures. It's prove the thesis wrong by having sex with me under a lab table. Or convince other people to have sex with you under a lab table.
I see it more along the lines of saying to a member of the opposite sex, "I predict no one will ever have sex with me, but hey you can prove me wrong."
This is where the quote came from:
The top 10 Worst Things About Working In A Lab
Thank you all.
Would any one like to tell me what "put their zinc fingers in your leucine zipper" implies there?
It's a play on words.
Leucine zipper and zinc fingers are biological terms -
It is using the terms to imply a sexual meaning that they don't actually contain.
It's nerd humor
That's a matter of opinion, not shared by me.
Tell us something we don't know, you ole curmudgeon you.