Serial killer or scientist? These tweets will leave you guessing
Some of these experts even had the police called on them, but it was all in the name of science.
Some of the things people do in the name of science would be considered slightly odd by those outside of academic spheres.
And a recent hashtag has revealed some of the more sinister-sounding things scientists get up to.
It all started when palaeontologist Yara Haridy told a tale of leaving a half-dissected vulture on a bus and asked her fellow scientists to share their own creepy tales.
Thus, #SerialKillerOrScientist was born, and the scientists of Twitter simultaneously made the internet laugh and cringe with some truly odd stories.
Some of these scientists showed their creepy, or scientific, tendencies early on in life.
When I was about 10, my mom walked outside to find me reconstructing a deer skeleton from a bunch of bones I’d brought home in my backpack. Unfazed, she started correcting my placement. My brother’s friend did not come over much the rest of that summer.#SerialKillerOrScientist— Cara Steger (@CaraSteger) June 17, 2018
My mother 100% thought I was going to be a serial killer when I asked if we could do a necropsy on my cat shortly after the funeral.— Imogene Cancellare (@biologistimo) June 15, 2018
I’ve now done tiger and bobcat necropsies, and harmed no humans. #SerialKillerOrScientist https://t.co/0mGOLbbAXk
Our pet hamster, Snowy, died. When I told my little ones the first thing they asked was could I skin it to get the skeleton. #SerialKillerOrScientist— Jan Freedman (@JanFreedman) June 16, 2018
It’s no wonder the police were called on this lot.
Four police cars and two forensics teams called to start the murder investigation (honestly) after my buried grey seal (mostly) skeleton (in plastic boxes covered in tarp) was found in private woods by a horrified bird watcher #SerialKillerOrScientist— Prof Ben Garrod (@Ben_garrod) June 17, 2018
Did a necropsy of a mass stranding of pilot whales. Covered head to toe in blood. Stop by McDonald’s after to wash up. Ran into county sheriff. I had some explaining to do.... #SerialKillerOrScientist https://t.co/ZNvRw00t0w— Sara Childers (@SaraChilders) June 15, 2018
After a late night removing bones & body parts from dead fallow deer in a public park in Dublin, I was stopped by Gardaí. They shone a torch in & saw blood stained trousers & boot full of lumpy black bags. This led to roadside night discussion on #SerialKillerOrScientist— Ruth Carden (@RuthFCarden) June 16, 2018
Bioarchaeologist or token-collecting killer?
Told the chap in the hardware store that I needed the blade to cut up human teeth. A hastily added " not in living people" didn't seem to ease the worried look on his face #SerialKillerOrScientist— Dr Hildur Gestsdóttir (@DrHildur) June 17, 2018
This computer repair was a different job.
Took my laptop to the computer repair shop.— Dr Clare Rainsford (@littlebonelady) June 16, 2018
Them: What’s wrong with it?
Me: Well, I think it’s probably clogged up with cremated bone dust. #SerialKillerOrScientist
Among the hilarious stories came one reminder that not everyone would enjoy the benefits of remaining unquestioned about their activities.