• Question: what is the funniest thing that has ever happened in work?

    Asked by anon-249956 on 9 Mar 2020.
    • Photo: Ioana Grigoras

      Ioana Grigoras answered on 9 Mar 2020:

      I really like it when all the people in my lab are in the office and one of us sends a funny gif or meme on the lab group chat and you can hear people starting checking their phones and giggling as they read it. You can also tell who is really focused on their work, because they’ll read it last!

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      Andrea Kusec answered on 9 Mar 2020:

      My department puts on a panto in December every year – last year we did a Panto based on Frozen/The Snow Queen! It was hilarious – there was lots of live singing, and we changed the song “Do you want to build a snowman?” to “Do you want to Write a paper?” – below are some of our lyrics (they’re very science and research-specific…):

      Do you want to write a paper?
      Come on let’s go and write
      I want to work some more
      On our h-factor
      To take our careers to new heights!

      You used to have ideas
      But now you don’t
      I wish you would tell me why

      Do you want to write a paper?
      It doesn’t have to be first author!

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      Sarah Clarke answered on 9 Mar 2020:

      My co-worker once left a glass flask heating in the microwave for too long – the microwave exploded and the flask literally flew across the room. It wouldn’t have been funny if someone had got hurt, but thankfully nobody did… it felt like one of those crazy scientist type moments!

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      Sophie Arthur answered on 10 Mar 2020:

      I’m not sure how funny it is, but when I was doing research in the lab, I used to spend a lot of time in the dark room. I used it to develop some of my experiments, just like how photographers used to develop photos (you might have seen them in dark rooms with a red light in films – that was me doing my research). But I got locked in there once and was gone for a few hours before anyone noticed

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      Paige Chandler answered on 10 Mar 2020: last edited 10 Mar 2020 1:37 pm

      I used to work at a tobacco company, researching the tobacco plant. I used to have to pick a lot of tobacco leaves, and one day I broke the rules and didn’t wear gloves (because it was so hot in the greenhouse). I forgot that nicotine can absorb through the skin, and after I picked leaves for about half an hour I went into the lab to work with them, and I realised I was very dizzy and was stumbling as I walked! While it was funny, it taught me an important lesson that we scientists often work with dangerous material, and it’s important to always wear your safety gear even if it’s uncomfortable!

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      Samir Hopestone answered on 10 Mar 2020:

      The funniest thing was probably in my previous job, our boss was away so we put my mate on a trolley and rolled him down the corridor!

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      Petruta Morvay answered on 10 Mar 2020:

      Hi. We organize these yearly group meetings where we present our research as well as have fun games. I think this combination of research, fun and team building is great to be part of.

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      Beth Bartlett answered on 11 Mar 2020:

      One time I was chewing gum in the lab (which you really shouldn’t do and it was the only time I ever did it) and then I coughed and the gum flew out and got stuck in my hair… My friend laughed at me for about 10 minutes…
      To be honest this is probably a better answer for a question like ‘What is the stupidest thing you’ve ever done in the lab?’ but oh well…

    • Photo: Sarah Brown

      Sarah Brown answered on 11 Mar 2020:

      My department had a competition where it was a different eating related challenge each week for example eating the most grapes in a minute, a watermelon with no hands, an ice-lolly the fastest etc. It was pretty funny 🙂 One challenge was eating a loaf of bread and some people decided it would be easier if they blended it with water…

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      M S answered on 12 Mar 2020:

      I cant think of anything but I’m very clumsy so I fall alot

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      Kate Mitchell answered on 13 Mar 2020:

      I’m getting a mind blank about this – if I think of something I’ll let you know!