For more Marshall Sahlins humour, see Waiting for Foucault, Still.
Some Laws of Civilization
First law of civilization: All airports are under construction.
Second law of civilization: I’m in the wrong line.
Third law of civilization: Snacks sealed in plastic bags cannot be opened, even using your teeth.
Fourth law of civilization: The human gene whose discovery is announced in the New York Times—there’s one every day, a gene du jour—is for some bad trait, like schizophrenia, kleptomania, or pneumonia. We have no good genes.
Fifth law of civilization: Failing corporate executives and politicians always resign to spend more time with their families.
This post from Houzz is a humourous depiction of the architectural design process, but the images speak just as well to the research process–from the ideal linear design to the far closer to reality alternative.