I am reading the following article https://www.oxford-royale.co.uk/articles/read-enhance-general-knowledge.html . In the first paragraph there's the following sentence:

You’ve memorised more formulae than you can shake a bunsen burner at.

What does the expression you can shake a bunsen burner at mean? Is it an idiom?

Thank you very much for your attention.

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    It's an attempt at nerd humor. – Hot Licks Feb 16 '18 at 14:25
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    Just look up “more ... than you can shake a stick at”, and then as HotLicks points out - laugh at the humour in changing stick to bunsen burner. – JonLarby Feb 16 '18 at 14:29
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    ^^ What he said. In general, any sentence in the form More [something] than you can [action] is a complicated way of saying a lot of .... – Will Crawford Feb 16 '18 at 14:44
  • The fact that a Google search for << "shake a bunsen burner" -factoids -Innovation -formulae -facts >> gives 5 results indicates that this is not used at all widely, is unlikely to be of much help to many visitors, and is not really about standard usage. An 'answer' is hardly appropriate. – Edwin Ashworth Feb 16 '18 at 15:21

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