Unless you're an actual scientist, then you could be forgiven for thinking that working as one is a bit like Dexters's Laboratory or Iron Man, basically performing miracles on a daily basis.
The reality is that it is nothing like that at all and is probably not that interesting to look at.
That's where the wonderful world of stock photos comes into play, allowing our eyes to see what might actually go on in a laboratory if absolutely anything was possible.
Scientists of Twitter have been using the hashtag #BadStockPhotosOfMyJob to share the most cringeworthy images they can find, and the results are hilarious.
IFL Science reports that biochemist Nicole KPaulk started the trend off with the following tweet, and things have escalated from there.
It's not just scientists who are subject to over-exaggerated interpretations of their jobs.
No job is safe.
HT IFL Science