It's one thing if your Uncle Dave said he doesn't believe in time. But it would be a completely different conversation if the same words came out of a clockmaker.

Inspired by a tweet where a microbiologist expressed his disappointment after learning that one of their colleagues was an anti-vaxxer, Reddit user u/MoniMokshith made a post on r/facepalm, saying "I had to teach a historical geology class because the geologist who was supposed to teach [it] was a Young Earth Creationist."

The post immediately blew up. As of this article, it has over 98K upvotes. And that's not even the most impressive part. The comment section got filled with similar stories, with people talking about "professionals" who made a career despite their controversial -- and often contradictory -- personal views. Here are some of them.

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#1

30 People Share Stories About "Professionals" Who Had Some Controversial Opinions I'm an RN and worked with FAR too many people in the healthcare field as a whole (not just other nurses, but also lab workers, RT's, pharmacists, hell even some MD's) who think/thought COVID was a hoax or "greatly exaggerated" and are now refusing the new vaccine, even though we all KNOW how mRNA and vaccines work. Plenty of anti-maskers too. It's like they just used their degrees as tissue paper or something, I seriously don't get how you can learn what we learn, understand it well enough to practice in the field, and yet still allow political stances to override all that, it's freaking ridiculous.

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Robert T
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3 months ago

Never underestimate the power of stupidity.

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30 People Share Stories About "Professionals" Who Had Some Controversial Opinions My high school biology teacher was a super religious creationist. He taught us about evolution while telling us how he thought it was all bulls**t. I always wondered why people go into professions that are directly opposed to their beliefs. Seems like a miserable existence.

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Colin Matthews
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3 months ago

It's because they want to prove it to themselves to try and answer the huge doubts they have about religious dogma

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30 People Share Stories About "Professionals" Who Had Some Controversial Opinions I’ve worked with an aerospace/aeronautical engineer once that believed the earth was flat. It was so weird because in order for the calculations to function properly, you have to take into account of the earth not being flat.

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Grumble O'Pug
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3 months ago (edited)

This is getting ridiculous

Vicky Z
Community Member
3 months ago

So ridiculous that I want to rip my eyes out with what I'm reading

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Brandi VanSteenwyk
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3 months ago

I wouldn't trust the life of a billion dollar rocket --- yet alone the life of a priceless human being --- to that idiot's facts and figures for launch and return.

Full of Giggles
Community Member
3 months ago

Can you imagine the next person the company interviews? “I know it’s a dumb question but we are now required to ask, do you believe the earth is flat?”

Aski Markup
Community Member
3 months ago

He must have been trolling 😁

Eric Law
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3 months ago

One can only hope so.

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Don't Look
Community Member
3 months ago

Ok, WHAT?? That’s not even… that’s nonsensical.

KD
Community Member
3 months ago

Hopefully, someone was double-checking that engineer's work. I wouldn't want him doing the math for my launch.

Marilyn Ransberry
Community Member
3 months ago

Think they were pulling your leg.

Emma Love
Community Member
2 months ago

Seriously, and you still believe that the earth is flat?

Max Power
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

BS there is no empirical proof the earth is oblate spheroid nor flat. NASA evidence is not empirical, However the coriolis effect can be debunked. using lazers and long distance photography. So why you call people who do not believe the earth is globular stupid, you should measure your reality and see if matches what government education has taught you and not use Google without doing the math and measuring it for yourself.

Jace
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2 months ago

How was this person even qualified for the damn job???

Angus Carnegie
Community Member
2 months ago

some people are just retarted. WHY EVEN PICK THOSE JOBS THEN?!?!?

pebs
Community Member
2 months ago

I hope he was only joking...

Bacony Cakes
Community Member
2 months ago

He got outscienced by some 1917 Hungarian artilleryman who doesn't wash his ass.

Paul Z.
Community Member
3 months ago

Yes! But no!

third molar
Community Member
3 months ago

Well being stupid has nothing todo with knowledge as this thread proves!

Miguel justino C
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2 months ago

2+2=7

CORLEONE
Community Member
3 months ago

He/She told you that, to get your attention. Do not judge people by what they say. LOL

Jeff Brock
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3 months ago

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No one actually thinks the earth is flat, they just like telling people they do

Mrs. Jan Glass
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3 months ago

The "Well, just to play Devil's advocate...." jerks? I wish you were right, dude, but I fear that a large chunk of these a-holes believe that crap.

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30 People Share Stories About "Professionals" Who Had Some Controversial Opinions I’m an ICU nurse of about 10 years. I would occasionally float to our regular, non-icu and non-covid floors. Plenty of nurses who denied how serious covid was.

The cognitive dissonance is real. Of course none of them came up to help on our covid units

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Grumble O'Pug
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3 months ago

Really sad

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#5

30 People Share Stories About "Professionals" Who Had Some Controversial Opinions Degree is Psychology here. So many peers with devout faith, one brain dead moron took psychology as a way “to know god better” he told me and convert more to Jesus.

Once took a course literally called, “Belief in Weird Things” which was for Psych majors. 300 students enrolled, nearly half dropped out because they were offended at some point when we broke down their weird beliefs.

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Sian Edwards
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3 months ago

I'm all for people having faith in any religion or moral code, but they have to accept that others don't necessarily share those beliefs.

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#6

30 People Share Stories About "Professionals" Who Had Some Controversial Opinions Used to be a science teacher and I always got flack on the evolution chapter from parents that were doctors. Like babe I hope you at least believe in bacteria and viruses evolving...

I've also come across many nurses who don't think mental illness is real.

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Bowtechie
Community Member
3 months ago

I once had an uber driver who claimed she was a semester shy of completing her nursing degree. She said vaccines caused my T1 Diabetes. I was diagnosed so young I didn't even have all my first doses yet.

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30 People Share Stories About "Professionals" Who Had Some Controversial Opinions Professional cook here. Near the beginning of the pandemic I heard about a Sous Chef I worked with in the past being an anti-masker. I asked through the grapevine why he washes his hands before and after handling food and the reply was “that’s common sense”. But somehow the scientific medical community saying that masks help prevent illnesses is just a big hoax. It’s beyond frustrating.

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Robert T
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3 months ago

So he'll wash his hands, but will still breathe a respiritory-born virus over people's food. Damn I'm going to need a big bat.

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#8

30 People Share Stories About "Professionals" Who Had Some Controversial Opinions My friends uncle is a '5G gives you cancer while the government controls your mind' conspiracy theorist. He's a 5G installer

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Lord Mysticlaw
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3 months ago (edited)

You should play along and ask him how he can do that to people and sleep at night.

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#9

30 People Share Stories About "Professionals" Who Had Some Controversial Opinions My mom's really into homepoathy bulls**t (treating illnesses with the souls of elements or whatever). She's a pharmacist.

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Martha Meyer
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3 months ago

I think the homeopathy trend has more to do with the fact that many people haven't found the medical help they needed from traditional medicine.

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#10

30 People Share Stories About "Professionals" Who Had Some Controversial Opinions I worked with a former airline PILOT who was/is a flat earther. He has since went back to being a pilot but I am not sure if he still thinks Earth is flat. When I pressed him on being a former pilot and believing malarkey he claimed the schools indoctrination into round earth didn’t work on him and that the pilots windscreen was a very thick and curved glass that made everything appear to be curved.

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Roger Haywood
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3 months ago

Flattards. You gotta love them. When I say love, I mean laugh at.

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30 People Share Stories About "Professionals" Who Had Some Controversial Opinions I remember a few Evangelists and one Catholic ( odd since most Catholics I know aren't creationists) in my major (geography) saying they knew the truth about the age of the earth, but had to lie on tests (classes like oil&gas, hydrology, geology,etc.) in order to get good grades.

How Christian are you when you break one of the 10 commandments and lie about your faith in order to get ahead?

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Grumble O'Pug
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3 months ago

You are a typical hypocritical kind

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#12

30 People Share Stories About "Professionals" Who Had Some Controversial Opinions Last career I had, knew people who were flat earthers and moon landing deniers...we were all satellite communications engineers.

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I I
Community Member
3 months ago

flat earthers have members all over the globe , thats their FB quote

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#13

30 People Share Stories About "Professionals" Who Had Some Controversial Opinions I work with a medication aide that refuses to take medication and actively preaches god>medication. Apparently god isn’t paying her bills so she still keeps coming to work.

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Roger Haywood
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3 months ago

That is being a hypocrite.

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#14

30 People Share Stories About "Professionals" Who Had Some Controversial Opinions I know someone who doesn’t believe in germ theory. We work for a company that builds water sterilization.

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Sue Hazlewood
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3 months ago

Since when were germs classed as a theory?

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#15

30 People Share Stories About "Professionals" Who Had Some Controversial Opinions I worked with a wildland firefighter who was a climate change denier. We fought more wild fires. We got way more OT over 3 years. Yet didnt believe it was true science and started to complain he couldnt enjoy his summers due to work....lol

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Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
3 months ago

Not at all surprising. My farrier is a professional fire fighter (his group takes their rig all over the Western US to fight those epic fires) big climate denier. Great farrier.

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#16

30 People Share Stories About "Professionals" Who Had Some Controversial Opinions I know a dude who works in the oil field who doesn't believe in dinosaurs. "Fossil fuels"

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Don't Look
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3 months ago

He’s not right obviously but fossil fuels aren’t actually dinosaur-based.

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#17

I work with someone who thinks bloodletting is a cure-all.

I work in a children's cancer ward.

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Roger Haywood
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3 months ago

What is this? The dark ages?

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#18

I work with a locomotive engineer who is a flat earther and also said that gravity is a hoax. I can laugh at the flat earth part but not believing in gravity on a fright train in the mountains seems a little crazy to me.

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Robert T
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3 months ago

Does he work on the ghost trains at an amusement park? (Just wondering what a fright train is)

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#19

30 People Share Stories About "Professionals" Who Had Some Controversial Opinions I work with two anti-vaxxers. They are nurses who work with elderly patients.

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Potatogamers2
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3 months ago

Are they vaccinated, contrary to their views? In the Netherlands they HAVE to have vaccinations.

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#20

30 People Share Stories About "Professionals" Who Had Some Controversial Opinions I used to work with a geologist who used to think minerals ("crystals") could heal you even from cancer.

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Sian Edwards
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3 months ago

Which is hilarious because some minerals can cause cancer or are dangerously toxic. Asbestos and cinnabar, for example.

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#21

30 People Share Stories About "Professionals" Who Had Some Controversial Opinions I work in defense. No one there believes government creates jobs. We only get paid by government.

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Colin Matthews
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3 months ago

And by defence, we mean attack.just gotta push out the propaganda

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#22

30 People Share Stories About "Professionals" Who Had Some Controversial Opinions I work with a cancer biologist who fell for the alkaline diet hype. She got persuaded by somebody who is 1000x less educated in the matter than she is.

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Sue Hazlewood
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3 months ago

Hadn't heard of this 'diet'

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#23

30 People Share Stories About "Professionals" Who Had Some Controversial Opinions I’m an aircraft mechanic and I work with a guy who believes in chemtrails.

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Guido Pisano
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3 months ago

well water IS chemical

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#24

30 People Share Stories About "Professionals" Who Had Some Controversial Opinions My mom is a geologist and she worked with someone who was a young earth creationist. That person's excuse was "god created rocks that were 4.6 billion years old". I guess if it works it works, but that makes no sense to me

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Grumble O'Pug
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3 months ago

Hard to argue with a marshmallow

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#25

30 People Share Stories About "Professionals" Who Had Some Controversial Opinions One of my teachers (it wasn't a biology teacher) made me do a homework to prove that dinosaurs aren't mammals as, for him, mammals are animals with lungs.

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Grumble O'Pug
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3 months ago

I’d send _him_ to the principal’s office

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30 People Share Stories About "Professionals" Who Had Some Controversial Opinions I worked with a guy who’s previous job had been designing missile launch systems who also thought the earth was flat, I’m not entirely sure how he slept at night

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Grumble O'Pug
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3 months ago

But is there night?

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#27

30 People Share Stories About "Professionals" Who Had Some Controversial Opinions I worked with someone who had a PhD in genetics but was young earth creationist. She couldn’t seem to comprehend phylogenetic diagrams, useless as supervisor to PhD students, seeing as she was incapable of discussing a number of highly relevant topics.

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Samantha Lomb
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3 months ago

Honestly, research, publication and supervisory skills are totally different anyway. I know a number of PhDs who were horrific supervisors. One actually got banned by the department from taking female grad students as she was horrifically emotionally abusive to them and they had to scramble to find new supervisors. No one would ever warn the incoming students though.

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#28

30 People Share Stories About "Professionals" Who Had Some Controversial Opinions My 4th grade science teacher and my 9th grade history teacher are moon landing deniers...

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Amelia Bedelia
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3 months ago

If someone tells you they don't believe in the moon landing, just look them dead in the eye and say "you believe in the moon?!?!?"

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30 People Share Stories About "Professionals" Who Had Some Controversial Opinions I had to teach a historical geology class because the geologist who was supposed to teach is was a Young Earth Creationist.

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Grumble O'Pug
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3 months ago

Un-freakin-believable

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30 People Share Stories About "Professionals" Who Had Some Controversial Opinions I've met a PhD in Chemistry from a top 5 university that was anti-vax. Their PhD work actually involved the analysis of heavy metals in an environment and how it impacted a childs likelihood to develop autism. I got into it with them, and they were able to reference a handful of scholarly papers to justify their stance.

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Samantha Lomb
Community Member
3 months ago

Honestly, having a PhD myself, its not about intelligence but more about the ability to complete tasks on time. A lot of really smart people never finish cause they are either perfectionists or terrible at time management. And A LOT of scholars cherry pick information to fit their points of view

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