There was some discussion online today about a stock photo showing a woman in a purple shirt holding a soldering iron – at the heated element. See discussion at Tech.Mic. Here is the stock photo (on the right) and some similar ones, all from the Tech.Mic website.

From Tech.Mic.com

From Tech.Mic.com

I guess these stock photo companies put some not very tech-savvy models in a lab and let them play with equipment, while the photographer circles around them. “Make love to the camera, baby!”

I bet there are tons of similar pictures in the laboratory realm. So I took a look at Alamy Stock Photos, and sure enough, there were some nice examples. Let’s call them #LabStockPhotoFail. They’re not all Fails, but let’s say that some are just very far removed from regular labwork.

“This is the Tipping Point”

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“Tips are so overrated”

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“My Gel is not Well”

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“I love pipetting with my coworkers standing uncomfortably close to me” (and what the heck is that 10ml pipette on the right doing with the fluid level at 8 ml?)


“Safe and accurate pipetting techniques”

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“Back in the lab after the long weekend”

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“Coffee break during gel loading”



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