The BBC recently asked their viewers to name their favorite TV boffin and overwhelmingly they named Dr. Honeydew from the Muppet Show.
Boffin? I had to look it up too. Boffin is British slang for a scientist. The mishap-prone, felt-covered researcher from Muppet Labs soundly beat out Mr. Spock and Dr. Who.
I’m sure the choice says something about the public view of scientists in general but I’m not going to venture a guess as to what that is.