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:
Accidentally glued myself to a crocodile while attaching a radio transmitter. #fieldworkfail— Agata Staniewicz (@AgataStaniewicz) July 30, 2015
While tracking large alligator, remarked to colleagues, "Wow, these tracks look really fresh!" Looked up. "Oh, there it is." #fieldworkfail— Anthony J. Martin (@Ichnologist) July 31, 2015
Just now drank a beer out of a glass I had used to photograph spiders earlier today. Hope I got all them out of there. #fieldworkfail— Phil Torres (@phil_torres) July 31, 2015
Some are just downright gross:
That sinking feeling when you realise you have inadvertently exchanged saliva with a dead jackal #fieldworkfail— Sarah Durant (@SarahMDurant) July 31, 2015
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
Others are embarrassingly hilarious: