You know, someone says something to you, you mumble something lame, and then five minutes later, you come up with the perfect retort.
I was sitting in class today, and we were talking about the role of nitric oxide in vascular tissues. This naturally segued into a discussion of phosphodiesterase 5 inhibitors, and the discovery of sildenafil (Viagra.)
I, being a botanist, piped up and mentioned that sildenafil citrate has also been shown to have a stimulatory effect on the male reproductive vascular tissues of plants as well (fascinating evolutionary implications, etc.)
The professor, a jocular sort, shot back, “But plants don’t have penises!”
Much laughter ensued…including my own.
I retorted, “Well, when two plants love each other very, very much…” in a facile voice.
It was OK, I suppose, but as soon as I walked out of class, the perfect comeback occurred to me.
“What, you’ve never heard of getting a woody?”
I blew it.