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16 Physics Jokes Every Science Lover Will Appreciate

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It’s all beef to me

Q: Why does a burger have less energy than a steak?

A: Because it’s in its ground state.

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Relatively slow

Einstein developed a theory about space. And, boy, it was about time, too! Don’t miss these other bad jokes you can’t help but laugh at.

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Have physics, will travel

A photon checks into a hotel, where a bellhop asks where its suitcase is. The photon replies, “I didn’t bring any luggage. I’m traveling light.”

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A tough problem to solve

Q: How many general-relativity theoretists does it take to change a light bulb?

A: Two. One to hold the bulb and one to rotate space.

If you’re a science geek, you’ll love these fun science facts you never learned in school.

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Molecular, DNA and atom model in science research lab

Lies, all lies

Q: Why can’t you trust an atom?

A: They make up everything.

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Lighting Decoration

No light bulbs allowed

Q: Why can’t you take electricity to social outings?

A: Because it doesn’t know how to conduct itself.

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Logic problem

You enter the high school lab and see an experiment. How will you know which class is it?

If it’s green and wiggles, it’s biology.

If it stinks, it’s chemistry.

If it doesn’t work, it’s physics.

Love crunching numbers? These accounting jokes will crack you up!

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Free drink

A neutron walks into a bar and asks, “How much for a whiskey?” The bartender smiles and says, “For you, no charge.” Need more laughs? These space puns are really out of this world.

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Why did the chicken cross the road?

Aristotle: It is the nature of chickens to cross roads.

Issac Newton: Chickens at rest tend to stay at rest, chickens in motion tend to cross roads.

Albert Einstein: Whether the chicken crossed the road or the road moved beneath the chicken depends on your frame of reference.

Werner Heisenberg: We are not sure which side of the road the chicken was on, but it was moving very fast.

Wolfgang Pauli: There already was a chicken on this side of the road.

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Car racing spinning wheel burns rubber on floor.

Tough start

I have a new theory on inertia, but it doesn’t seem to be gaining momentum. Memorize more of our favorite science jokes.

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Back-handed compliment

Q: What did the male magnet say to the female magnet?

A: Seeing you from the back, I thought you were repulsive. But seeing you from the front, I find you rather attractive.

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Throwing punches

Q: What did the quantum physicist say before the bar fight?

A: Let me atom!

Not limited to physics jokes, here are 20 more funny science jokes anyone can appreciate.

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Mallard duck male in active flight.

Physics for the birds

Q: What did the duck say to the physicist?

A: Quark, quark, quark!

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Saying goodbye

Q: What did one uranium-238 nucleus say to the other?

A: Gotta split!

Looking for something punny? Check out these hilarious rock puns—you won’t take them for granite.

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Experiment on a hot tin roof

Q: Two cats of the same size slide down a roof at the same time, but one falls off first. Which one?

A: The one with the smaller “mew.”

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A beginner’s guide to physics

Relativity: When the family gets together

Black holes: What you get in black socks

Critical mass: A big group of film reviewers

Hyperspace: Where you park at the superstore

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Marissa Laliberte
Marissa Laliberte-Simonian is a London-based associate editor with the global promotions team at WebMD’s Medscape.com and was previously a staff writer for Reader's Digest. Her work has also appeared in Business Insider, Parents magazine, CreakyJoints, and the Baltimore Sun. You can find her on Instagram @marissasimonian.