Conversation Starter: “The Sharkey is a Vertisol”

This week’s Conversation Starter — a phrase you can use to start a conversation with anyone, anywhere, and maybe also to end that conversation immediately, is:

“The Sharkey is a Vertisol and can be classified as a member of the very-fine, smectitic, thermic Chromic Epiaquerts.”

The phrase is the opening line from a December 8, 1997 report by Michael  J. Vepraskas [pictured here] and J. L. Richardson, Co-Chairmen of the Sharkey Committee.

(Thanks to investigator Tom Gill for indirectly bringing this to our attention.)

Improbable Research