Hashtag #FieldWorkFail Lets Scientists Share Their Hilariously Less-Impressive Moments

Being a scientist isn’t always such a glamorous job. This new hashtag lets us in on the lighter side of serious research.

Image via Carrie Cizauskas/Twitter.

For as much as we lionize science and scientists, we often do so without fully understanding what goes into being a successful researcher. As the beneficiaries of scientific discovery, we’re usually only privy to the product, not the process, and accordingly, we’re inclined to assume that science and scientists are as bright and shiny as the discoveries produced.

Boy, are we wrong.

Recently across social media, the #FieldWorkFail hashtag has given us a glimpse at the decidedly unglamorous side of science. The micro-stories told within each post are equal parts hilarious and illuminating. Here we see science not as a sterile practice in which every day contains a “Eureka!” moment. Rather, it is full of recognizably human failures and foibles, each committed in the quest for knowledge.

And the scientists themselves? All too human as well.

For as funny as the fails are, they’re also surprisingly heartening. By pulling back the curtain and showing the smaller, less headline-grabbing moments of scientific research, they help the unscientifically inclined among us understand just what — and who — goes into making progress happen. Science, like any career field, is full of ups and downs.

Fortunately, there are enough scientists out there able to laugh at themselves and their line of work that we can all enjoy not only the benefits of scientific discovery, but the process it takes to get there as well.

[h/t Twitter and The Washington Post]

via Jason S Campbell / Twitter

Conservative radio host Dennis Prager defended his use of the word "ki*e," on his show Thursday by insisting that people should be able to use the word ni**er as well.

It all started when a caller asked why he felt comfortable using the term "ki*e" while discussing bigotry while using the term "N-word" when referring to a slur against African-Americans.

Prager used the discussion to make the point that people are allowed to use anti-Jewish slurs but cannot use the N-word because "the Left" controls American culture.

Keep Reading

Step by step. 8 million steps actually. That is how recent college graduate and 22-year-old Sam Bencheghib approached his historic run across the United States. That is also how he believes we can all individually and together make a big impact on ridding the world of plastic waste.

Keep Reading
The Planet

According to the FBI, the number of sexual assaults reported during commercial flights have increased "at an alarming rate." There was a 66% increase in sexual assault on airplanes between 2014 and 2017. During that period, the number of opened FBI investigations into sexual assault on airplanes jumped from 38 to 63. And flight attendants have it worse. A survey conducted by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA found that 70% of flight attendants had been sexually harassed while on the job, while only 7% reported it.

Keep Reading