Some folks say that paper, hard copy journals are going to become obsolete. But they are still accumulating in science labs, offices, and corridors are a rapid pace.
So what do we do with all of them?
I’m not talking about recycling them, but some other more creative uses such as…
1. Build a maze in your lab to do human behavioral experiments. What should the reward be at the end? Cheesecake?
2. On an open field use them to make a message visible in space from Earth. What should the message say? Go digital?
3. Play a paper version of Jenga with stacked journals in the Dean’s office
4. Burn them in a bonfire to honor the journal gods and hopefully increase your odds of your getting your paper accepted
5. Use them to build a giant cell-shaped pinata filled with treats collected from vendors and then sell turns to hit it to frustrated PIs who recently got “unfair” grant and paper rejections/critiques (i.e. pretty much everyone).
6. Build a couch out of them in the lab
7. Make fashionable lab coats out of them
8. Build a small house out of them on the lawn outside of your research building
9. Use them as the basis for a huge screen for journal-eating bacteria
10. Build extra lab benches for interns