Just a quick post, meant to be fun, not to insult anyone. Because we can all use a little laugh in times of stress.
How stockphoto companies think that #Coronavirus lab tests look like. I especially like the ones with the #Scrabble letters. #LabStockPhotoFail
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 123RF.com):
It was hard to choose – there were many great ones. The audience favorites were:
And my favorites were:
Here are all the tweets with the #YellowRack hashtag. There might have been more, but my notification stream is too complicated to find them.
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 Fotolia.com websites.
“Pasteur turns around in his grave”, Fotolia.com
The same model can also pipet without a pipetman, Fotolia.com
This women might have a built-in vacuum line in her thumb (123RF)
Two scientists with microscopic vision (Shutterstock)
Eleven out of 12 ain’t bad (123rf.com)
Pipetting straight into the rack, Shutterstock
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”
“Tips are so overrated”
“My Gel is not Well”
“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”
“Back in the lab after the long weekend”
“Coffee break during gel loading”