Stock photos generally aren’t the best at showing realistic views of what different jobs are like, but sometimes they’re hilariously inaccurate. People have recently taken to social media to point out the worst offenders, and the new viral hashtag #BadStockPhotosOfMyJob has been a solid source of laughs.
IFLScience reports that the hashtag began among scientists, but the hashtag has since spread beyond that realm and into all kinds of job fields.
Here’s a sampling of stock photos being lampooned with #BadStockPhotosOfMyJob:
How to Work with DNA
As an evolutionary biologist, you have *no idea* how hard it is to find tweasers small enough to grab bits of DNA (which is the main part of our job, obvs) #BadStockPhotosOfMyJob pic.twitter.com/xtB7fvKI57
— Emma Hodcroft (@firefoxx66) May 4, 2018
Teaching Nothing is a Serious Thing
— Leonie Höckbert (@leofromtherock) May 5, 2018
Laughing at Life’s Silly Details
— Liz Tunbridge (@LizTunbridge) May 4, 2018
How to Really Focus on Coding
I sit in a dark room and project code straight to my face while solving complicated problems. This helps me to immerse myself in it and "feel" the code. #BadStockPhotosOfMyJob pic.twitter.com/eMtGurNr5d
— Tauno Talimaa (@tauntz) May 4, 2018
How to See if Trees are Healthy
As an ecologist, I can confirm that my days consist of much stethoscoping of trees in an unnecessary lab coat. It’s the only proper way to detect wildlifes. #BadStockPhotosOfMyJob pic.twitter.com/wAEB9YPnUc
— Kirsty Elliott (@Trouty_Trout) May 5, 2018
How to Celebrate a Successful Pelvic Exam
— Jennifer Gunter (@DrJenGunter) May 6, 2018
The Theory of Everything
First we write “Physics” on the chalkboard, then we grab a sharpie and scribble some *nonsense* on the nearest window. We all know the same equation and we will write it on literally anything.
— Robert McNees (@mcnees) May 5, 2018
You Can’t Be Too Careful with Dry Ice
This stock image of a scientist is PRICELESS. I too often find myself inspecting each nugget of dry ice one by one. Can never be too careful 🤣 pic.twitter.com/f1HrDgobuK
— Nicole K. Paulk (@Nicole_Paulk) April 24, 2018
The Law of Witchcraft and Wizardry
— (((Sam Crane))) (@Samanticka) May 4, 2018
Teambuilding Through Meetings
— Jon Vredenburg (@Feed4Speed) May 4, 2018
The Proper Attire for Research
— Shiloh Carroll (@medievalismish) May 4, 2018
Because Plants Are Scary
As a botanist, I am so petrified of plants I cover my entire body in hazmat safety gear. (Except the parts actually touching them, of course).
— James Wong (@Botanygeek) May 6, 2018
What is Space, Anyway?
"Hey space astronomer, where is space?"
[Space astronomer puts on his lab coat and adjusts his space safety goggles] "According to my latest science, there is space." pic.twitter.com/ndeVJCsPXP
— James Felton (@JimMFelton) May 4, 2018
That Dangerous Blue Liquid
Blue liquids in beakers: incredibly dangerous to men, irresistibly seductive to women.#BadStockPhotosOfMyJob
— ℙ𝕙𝕚𝕝 𝕊𝕡𝕖𝕒𝕣 (@Duke_of_neural) May 4, 2018
Understanding the Secrets of the Brain
— Ben Marcus (@bmarcus128) May 4, 2018
You can follow along with the hashtag #BadStockPhotosOfMyJob yourself by doing a search for it on Twitter.