For most of us, the stereotypical image of a scientist is pretty firmly embedded in our minds: white lab coat, safety goggles and looking at some form of exotically coloured liquid in a test tube.
That’s the essence of science, right?
Well, apparently not.
The hashtag #BadStockPhotosOfMyJob has been doing the rounds for a while, but these past few weeks we’ve seen the science side of bad stock photos.
And bad news for those of us who have pictured scientists as looking exactly like our ‘furry blue pal’ since Grover first introduced us to the concept of science.
Yeah, apparently that image of the scientist is widely derided by actual scientists – certainly by those scientists who brave social media.
Freehand pour Very Dangerous Blue Liquid (VDBL) from a beaker into tiny tube in a rack you hold with your other hand. #BadStockPhotosOfMyJob
Mandatory eye and respiratory protection, because VDBL. pic.twitter.com/zS22pCRWSt
— Kate Adamala (@KateAdamala) April 25, 2018
As for astronomers, word is they do more than point at the sky?
"Hey space astronomer, where is space?"
[Space astronomer puts on his lab coat and adjusts his space safety goggles] "According to my latest science, there is space." pic.twitter.com/ndeVJCsPXP
— James Felton (@JimMFelton) May 4, 2018
Closely examining objects is for sure part of the gig.
— Layla Katiraee (@BioChicaGMO) April 28, 2018
— Erin Williams (@DrErinWill) April 25, 2018
This stock image of a scientist is PRICELESS. I too often find myself inspecting each nugget of dry ice one by one. Can never be too careful 🤣 pic.twitter.com/f1HrDgobuK
— Nicole K. Paulk (@Nicole_Paulk) April 24, 2018
While ‘data science’ sounds somewhat boring, apparently it’s the equivalent of starring in a Steven Spielberg film.
— BrightSilence (@BrightSilence) May 4, 2018
As for environmental scientists, their lives appear to be some kind of hellish cross between an episode of Breaking Bad and Fallout.
— Natasha Carlson-P (@carlson_natasha) May 5, 2018
Knowing Einstein’s theories is pretty much the only thing you need to have down as a physicist.
First we write “Physics” on the chalkboard, then we grab a sharpie and scribble some *nonsense* on the nearest window. We all know the same equation and we will write it on literally anything.
— Robert McNees (@mcnees) May 5, 2018
However, the pic that has to take the cake for absolute perfection in summing up how all scientists definitely should work, goes to this Thinkstock image of the woman.
"We recommend VWR Brand lab lingerie." pic.twitter.com/um5ILYklhT
— McMasterMBF (@RayTruant) April 25, 2018
Check out those gloves and goggles, obviously to protect herself from the potentially deadly blue liquid in her hands… although she seems to have foregone the white lab coat in favour of black lingerie.
Because you should always practice safe science.
And while we’re not entirely sure that a gynaecologist is technically a scientist, this pic is too amazing to leave out.
— Jennifer Gunter (@DrJenGunter) May 6, 2018
Thumbs up indeed!