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With the amount of alcohol we'd drunk, it was the best we could come up with at the time; in fact it was the only one that wasn't rude.

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Loosely speaking it's the scientific equivalent of randomness; more accurately it's a statistical hypothesis that can be tested and refuted to support an alternative hypothesis.

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Mark Steer
Mark started out at the University of Bristol, and loved it so much he stayed for his PhD. Much cleverer than the other two, Mark's PhD was high-brow theoretical biology and involved computerised animals, equations as long as your arm and a lot of Excel macros. His interests are listed as Ipswich Town FC, travelling to far-flung climes and slime-volleyball.

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Andy worked for four years studying ducks (no stop laughing, he really did) but he is now aiming to make the transition from Donald Duck to Donald Trump. He went into his PhD thinking he was going to save the world (albeit from ducks) but now his aim is to rid the world of statistics and preserve the tiger penis for the tigers.

Lock up your daughters.  Dr David Hall is on the loose!David Hall
An ecologist by trade, David has worked on birds, rats, reptiles, foxes and even some plants (although he'll never admit that). Having attended Reading University initially he spent four years working abroad sitting under a gum tree before coming back to reality and doing a PhD (in rats!) at the University of Bristol. His interests include korfball (an odd-but-fun Dutch game), travelling and eating hummous.

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