Super annoying today. Keeping the world from exploding tomorrow.
It's career day at school, and the teacher is going around to every kid and asking them what they want to be when they grow up.
So far, there are two princesses, three super heroes, an astronaut, a homemaker, a waste management professional and a fireman.
Next up is a kid named Phillip. Phillip is the smartest kid in the class, but also the most annoying.
"When I grow up, I want to be an Energy Detective so that I can track down wasteful uses of energy both in the home and in places like schools and businesses."
"That's … very interesting, Phillip," says the teacher. "Where did you hear about this profession?"
The entire class groans again.
"I'm very glad you asked that, Mrs. Parks," says Phillip. "I was recently gifted a Thames and Kosmos Sustainable Earth Lab for my birthday, and it has been both an eye-opening experience and an educational delight."
"That's very nice, Phillip," says Mrs. Parks. "Now how about you, Thomas? What would you like to be when-"
But she is interrupted by Phillip who continues, "It includes a total of 40 fun experiments, all of which I have already completed. I constructed a mini water treatment plant to demonstrate how unnatural concentrations of certain substances can pollute habitats."
"Yes, that's very impressive, Phillip. But now it's Thomas's turn to-"
"I also manufactured recycled paper and plastic, and then explored the causes and consequences of the greenhouse effect."
"Great, Phillip. Thank you for-"
"And I even built some devices to explore wind, water and active versus passive solar power."
"THAT'S ENOUGH, PHILLIP!" yells Mrs. Parks. When she realizes she has raised her voice, she quickly clears her throat and starts again. "That's … what I mean to say, Phillip, is that we need to move on to the next student. But perhaps you could bring in your biosphere thing-a-ma-jig for show-and-tell next week?"
Phillip loves the idea and smiles. The rest of the class groans.
"OK, Thomas. Your turn. What would you like to be when you grow up?"
When Thomas realizes the entire class is looking at him, he quickly removes his finger from his nose.
"Uh … I dunno. I guess a brain surgeon or something."