RPM has put up an amusing bestiary of typical science seminar attendees — it’s all true, I’ve seen all of those people.
But you know what the problem is? It’s a collection of pedants and old people! Where are the celebrities misbehaving in our talks? Maybe we’d get more attention for science if we had a Paris Hilton vamping around, or a Britney Spears breaking down and flashing her anatomy, or a Mel Gibson getting drunk and haranguing the speaker about his Jewish background, followed by a Chris Crocker histrionic shrieking at everyon to leave the speaker alone.
Scientists are a pretty dry and sedate lot, I’m afraid. I’ve never seen anyone like that at a seminar.