Lab Stock Photo Fun: Yellow Rack

Here are the results from another round of “Caption Contest” on Twitter with a slightly inaccurate lab stock photo, two days ago. Here is the photo that I posted (from

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It was hard to choose – there were many great ones. The audience favorites were: Screen Shot 2016-03-24 at 8.34.44 PM

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And my favorites were:

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Here are all the tweets with the #YellowRack hashtag. There might have been more, but my notification stream is too complicated to find them.

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Lab stock photo fails, part 2 – amazing skills

Laboratory stock photo websites are so funny to browse through. You give a bunch of nice looking gals and guys some white coats, gloves and safety goggles, and put them in a laboratory, and let them play with some pipettes, microscopes, petridishes and colored water. What could possibly go wrong?

Well, turns out, a lot. Here is part 2 of some laboratory photo fails that I found on the websites.

“Pasteur turns around in his grave”,

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The same model can also pipet without a pipetman,

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This women might have a built-in vacuum line in her thumb (123RF)

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Two scientists with microscopic vision (Shutterstock)

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Eleven out of 12 ain’t bad (

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Pipetting straight into the rack, Shutterstock

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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.



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”