Being a researcher, specially a field researcher, carries with it a certain dignified glamour. Documentaries capture the essence of the majesty and power of nature, and what wonderful work it must be to be up close and personal to these timeless moments… right?
Er… not always.
Scientists in the field, we salute you. The things you put yourselves through just ain’t easy.
Your face when the thing happens.
Lick tiny object to discern if fossil/rock. Fossil. Sticks to tongue. Coughing fit from dust. Sharp inhale. Swallow fossil. #fieldworkfail
— TSV (@tattoosandbones) July 31, 2015
— Susan Finkbeiner (@Fink_about_it) August 4, 2015
Need to cross river. Jump. Miss. Wet as a drowned rat. No spare clothes. Scramble up bank. See bridge 40m away round a bend #fieldworkfail
— Little Miss Enigma (@littlemsenigma) August 4, 2015
Sometimes, animals are great companions during field work..
— K. Gotanda (@photopidge) August 4, 2015
— Tessa van Walsum (@TessaAbigail) August 6, 2015
… And sometimes, not so much.
— Michelle LaRue (@drmichellelarue) August 6, 2015
— Carrie Cizauskas (@CarrieCizauskas) August 3, 2015
Well, sometimes, they’re just curious.
— V Bar V (@VBarV) August 4, 2015
— Jessica Stapley (@jessstapley) August 4, 2015
Sometimes, too curious.
Stop to collect butterflies in Wisconsin. Leave windows down in car. Come back to car full of ~100 mosquitoes on the ceiling #fieldworkfail
— Pieris rapae (@PierisProject) August 4, 2015
and then there are animals who just eat everything. Everything.
— Sarah Ranallo (@MotherofVega) August 4, 2015
Even the equipment.
— Carlos.M.Herrera (@cmhmaliani) August 4, 2015
Specially the equipment.
— Hakai Institute (@HakaiInstitute) August 7, 2015
and other animals. Dammit, Nature.
Released a goldfinch “Mr flappy” that was immediately captured by a falcon in front of 24 horrified middle school girls #fieldworkfail
— Jeff Stratford (@JeffAStratford) July 31, 2015
Spent an hour guiding lost baby turtle to the sea with 3 tourists watching. 30 secs after reaching the water, a fish eats it. #fieldworkfail
— John Conlin (@Herbington) August 4, 2015
Trap moved 100m off grid while trapping giant kangaroo rat, carried off by kit fox. Head rolls out of trap, still has ear tag #fieldworkfail
— Darren Newman (@DZ_Newman) August 5, 2015
And then there’s super-glueing things to things that shouldn’t be glued to.
Accidentally glued myself to a crocodile while attaching a radio transmitter. #fieldworkfail
— Agata Staniewicz (@AgataStaniewicz) July 30, 2015
— Dr. Alistair Dove (@AlistairDove) July 31, 2015
— Holly Dunsworth (@HollyDunsworth) August 4, 2015
And then, there’s the people.
After handwashing ALL my knickers & hanging them out, a gust of wind blows them all into the trees. Locals pissing themselves #fieldworkfail
— riselya (@AliceRisely) August 4, 2015
— Lennikins (@Lenni825) August 4, 2015
Definitely the people.
— George Crane (@GeorgeyCrane) August 4, 2015
Site near border: Being suspected as disguising detectives Facing real drug traffickers Getting delayed by hidden bombs #fieldworkfail
— จับฉ่าย (@i_pry) August 4, 2015
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