The term “graduated cylinder” is the subject of an obvious joke:
Q: What do you call a tube with a college degree?
A: A graduated cylinder.
The joke has been cited in print since at least 1998.
Wikipedia: Graduated cylinder
A graduated cylinder, measuring cylinder or mixing cylinder is a common piece of laboratory equipment used to measure the volume of a liquid. It has a narrow cylindrical shape. Each marked line on the graduated cylinder represents the amount of liquid that has been measured.
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What do you call a test tube w/ a degree?
A graduated cylinder
November 2000, Boys’ Life, “THin & Grin,” pg. 65, col. 2:
Slim: What do you call a tube with a degree?
Slim: A graduated cylinder.
— D. J. Weber, Arlington Heights, Ill.
Category: Humor jokes
Date Added: 11/10/2007
Joke: What do you call a tube with a degree? A graduated cylinder.
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09:08 PM Dec 28 2008
Q: What do you call a test tube that graduates from high school?
A: A graduated cylinder
Submitted by Margaret Elliott
What do you call a tube with a degree? A graduated cylinder.
5:03 PM - 6 Jan 2010
Corny joke...What do you call a test tube with a college degree? A graduated cylinder! JROTC student told me that one 2da.
4:01 PM - 11 Feb 2010
Two Scientists Walk Into A Bar
APRIL 01, 2011 1:00 PM ET
IRA FLATOW, host:
This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I’m Ira Flatow.
FLATOW: What do you call a beaker with a college degree?
Mr. GOLDBLATT: A beaker with a college degree? Graduated?
FLATOW: A graduated cylinder.
(Soundbite of laughter)
October 2011, Boys’ Life, “Think & Grin,” pg. 64, col. 3:
Daffynition: Graduated cylinder — An educated can of soup.
Luke Gentle, St. Michael, Minn.
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3. What kind of cylinder had a college diploma? A graduated cylinder.