Gingerbread Labs And Other Festive Ways To Make Spending The Holidays With Your Experiments Less Sad

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Gingerbread Lab

Cleanse your lab’s energy by eating gingerbread versions of all your failed experiments.

Filter Paper Snowflakes

Fold and cut different sized filter paper into snowflakes, then sob when you realize you needed those for this afternoon’s filtration separation.

Test Tube Menorah

Traditionally, the menorah’s eight candles allude to the branches of human knowledge. Add some of your benchmate’s most expensive fluorescent antibody to a new test tube each day to celebrate the time that your supervisor’s small grant lasted for seven students.

Dry Icicles

Fill some latex gloves with water, glucose and food colouring, then dunk them in some dry ice until they’re colder than a lab technician. If it’s cold enough, you can use it to recreate that sexy cracked lips look by ripping it out of your mouth! 

Jingle Bell Timer Ringing

Reprogram all your times to play holiday classics like Jingle Bells

Reviewer 1 On The Run

Forget Elf on the Shelf, this voodoo doll is an exact replica of the reviewer who rejected your last paper! Hide Reviewer 1 in the lab in interesting positions and let the rejected authors plead their case to the almighty being.

Packing Peanut String “Lights” (Warning: Toxic Enough To Kill Marie Curie)

Did your lab packages come with a bunch of packing peanuts and now you feel bad throwing them out cuz of the environment and whatnot? Upcycle those styrofoam curds into string lights using a needle, string, and dipping them in some spare radium.

Centrifugal Dreidel

Retrofit your lab’s centrifuge to an old tape deck that plays The Dreidel Song and spin away!

Western Eggnog Omelette

‘Tis the season to leave the milk in the fridge and block your western blots with 5% egg nog

Frosty Snowball Fights

Remember all that ice that’s build up in the back of the -80 freezer? SNOWBALL FIGHT!!!


And don’t forget to leave good ol’ Santaloclaussus Hohohonium some extra agar for when he comes down the fume hood and delivers reagents to all the good little researchers!

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Lexa Graham is a comedian with a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering, and the founder and editor of DNAtured Journal. She has previously written for Reductress, CBC Comedy and also had her research published in The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering. You can follow her on Twitter @LexaGrammar.

About Lexa Graham 111 Articles
Lexa Graham is a comedian with a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering, and the founder and editor of DNAtured Journal. She has previously written for Reductress, CBC Comedy and also had her research published in The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering. You can follow her on Twitter @LexaGrammar.