Biologists do not really intend to look at the chickens in the office, geologists do not lie on the ground with stones, and programmers do not bite the keyboard.
Stock photos are sometimes strange. Some of these pictures become memes (like “The Wrong Guy” or “Harold hiding pain”), the ridiculousness of others is laughed at by communities like “Grim Stock Photo”. A separate topic – images on the topic of science, which was dedicated to compilations in thematic blogs in the summer of 2017.
In April 2018, Professor Nicole Paulk of the University of California worked on a presentation for colleagues. She told The Verge that she was trying to find for the slides the most realistic stock photos illustrating her profession. But instead Polk came across a picture of a man who was carefully examining a piece of dry ice.
“No one on this planet, even scientists on dry ice, would have studied it so closely in real life,” she noted. The absurd photo professor published on Twitter.
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
In the comments to the post, former chemist and scientific blogger Yvette d’Entremont suggested creating a hashtag for such images – #BadStockPhotosOfMyJob ( # BadStockPhotosMyWork ). Soon in social networks there were dozens of examples of ridiculous stock images with explanations from real scientists and doctors.
Yes, I often stand outside with a woefully inadequate manual telescope, wearing a suit with unnecessary lab coat and safety goggles, and I point at the sky all the time. #BadStockPhotosOfMyJob pic.twitter.com/mVPMtWSzJ5
— Steph Merritt ♠️✨ (@sciencefemale) April 26, 2018
“Yes, I often stand on the street with an inadequate hand-held telescope, in a bathrobe and goggles, and also constantly pointing at the sky”
— Steven Schultze (@GEO_Schultze) April 25, 2018
“Most of the scientists who study climate are 60 meters tall. And we often send thunderstorms to people who went on a picnic. So I have no problems with this snapshot. ”
Apparently I have been using incorrect plant breeding methods all these years. Have not been injecting apple juice (hope that’s what it is) into soil and drowning plantlets in tubes. #BadStockPhotosOfMyJob pic.twitter.com/kKgtWuLSIn
— Dale Burns (@drburns1212) April 26, 2018
“Apparently, I’ve used the wrong methods of plant breeding all these years. I did not inject apple juice (I hope it was him) into the soil and did not drench seedlings in test tubes ”
— Dana Simmons (@dhsimmons1) May 4, 2018
“We do not try the samples in Petri dishes, but the plants do not germinate from the table”
— Kym (@DownFortyLove) April 26, 2018
“There is no chance that a doctor and two nurses will examine one patient”
#BadStockPhotosOfMyJob I can't speak for all of us, but I'm pretty sure registered dietitian/nutritionists don't spend ANY time making notes about fruits and veggies while wearing a lab coat. And the stethoscope? pic.twitter.com/QnFgO3hsVN
— Elizabeth Ward (@EWardRD) April 26, 2018
“I can not speak for everyone, but I’m sure that most certified nutritionists do not make notes about fruits and vegetables in a bathrobe. And with a stethoscope? ”
As a plant pathologist, I’ll never forget my first disease diagnosis. There’s something so magical about hearing those roots. #BadStockPhotosOfMyJob @plantdisease @Nangreg @psuPPEM pic.twitter.com/Wc4FqNOYbA
— Alyssa Collins (@PACropDoc) April 26, 2018
“I’m a phytopathologist. I will never forget my first diagnosis of the disease. There is something magical about listening to these roots. ”
Some scientists have learned that most of their work according to the version of stock photographers is in close observation of anything.
— Amy McCarthy (@mommymccarthy) April 25, 2018
— Erin Williams (@DrErinWill) April 25, 2018
“What is it, **** [pancake], is that?” One of the key questions of biologists like me, who are trying to recognize colored fluids with the help of gaze ”
— RSchwarz (@Mrs_Schwarzski) April 25, 2018
— Philip Staudigel (@Carbonateman) April 25, 2018
“Useful advice on the recognition of minerals. Step one: rub your face about him. Step two: reflect on your future life together ”
Representatives of other professions also joined the scientists.
— Julian Schiavo (@iamjustJS) May 4, 2018
— Serena Boyte (@SuziScreendoor) April 25, 2018
— Urge (@wickedurge) April 25, 2018
I don't even wear purple… pic.twitter.com/ydXy83w0vk
— Just Jake (@fixyournes) April 26, 2018
There is nothing under that car that requires a wrench that big. pic.twitter.com/OALBFrx4B4
— Condition Red (@thatgalcarolyn) April 26, 2018