15 Times Scientists Failed So Spectacularly They Almost Won

Accidentally eating cheetah poop and gluing yourself to a crocodile are just some of the hazards these intrepid researchers faced in the name of science.

Turns out, being a scientist is not all about sitting on a chair in front of a Bunsen burner inside a laboratory.

Tired of their stereotypical and mundane portrayal in the media, researchers have taken to Twitter to share some of the most challenging, embarrassing and hilarious #fieldwork stories.

From dropping cheetah poop on their shirts to inadvertently exchanging saliva with dead jackals, these scientists have been through it all. Have a look:

Some are just downright gross:

Others are embarrassingly hilarious: