It doesn't always go to plan.
Scientists have been sharing their disasters in the big bad real world with the #fieldworkfail hashtag, and boy, there are some disasters - from accidentally eatingto being stranded in a strange land.
'I glued myself to a crocodile'
Accidentally glued myself to a crocodile while attaching a radio transmitter. #fieldworkfail— Agata Staniewicz (@AgataStaniewicz) July 30, 2015
HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE. She says she "came to the conclusion glue and crocodiles don't mix (wire transmitter attachment is probably the way to go)".
Yes. That would be better. In fact, poor Agata seems to have bad luck when it comes to crocodiles.
'I'm a scientist, not a crazy person'
Decided to discreetly dissect mice right away in the "field", i.e. NYC park. Someone calls NYPD, cop points gun in my face #fieldworkfail— Jason Munshi-South (@urbanevol) July 31, 2015
Getting lost is a whole new problem:
And you canfind any good help, am I right?
Out on lake with students in rowing boats. Tell them to throw anchors overboard. 3 students forget to attach anchors to boat #fieldworkfail— Chris Hassall (@katatrepsis) July 31, 2015
Pro tip: Do not eat ANYTHING while performing science
Discovering secret granola stash in field station = 🎁🎄🎉👍🏼! Realizing later 'flax seeds' actually weevils = #fieldworkfail.— Aerin Jacob (@Aerin_J) July 30, 2015
Oh god. Sure, it's all protein, but.... oh god.
We're not sure whether we'd rather accidentally eat the leeches or deal with this problem:
Two words: giant leeches. If you need more: inside underwear. #fieldworkfail— P Theron and animals (@pottytheron) July 31, 2015
Lick tiny object to discern if fossil/rock. Fossil. Sticks to tongue. Coughing fit from dust. Sharp inhale. Swallow fossil. #fieldworkfail— Trevor S. Valle (@tattoosandbones) July 31, 2015
Then, there's always the problem of being in a strange land:
Get dengue fever. Try following monkeys anyway. Hip feels broken. Become delirious. Write in elvish all over field pants. #fieldworkfail— Dr. Christopher Schmitt (@fuzzyatelin) July 31, 2015
This scene sound like it's straight from a sitcom:
Field pee on a steep hill in the badlands, lost footing, started sliding down the hill mid-pee...towards cacti. #fieldworkfail— Dr. Lisa Buckley 🦃🐾🐾 (@Lisavipes) July 31, 2015
Not realisin my life-jacket automatically deploys the gas on contact with water:Went for a wade,ended up being swept away... #fieldworkfail— Rob O' Sullivan (@Rob0Sullivan) July 30, 2015
Good grief. We should all have an appreciation for what these people put themselves through for the sake of science, right?
Check out other stories on the #fieldworkfail hashtag on Twitter, and give scientists a break. It's not all comfy lab chairs.