When scientists step outside their safe laboratories, anything can happen. Of course, studying wild animals or digging out million-year-old fossils sounds exotic and exciting, but that's only one side of the spectrum. The other side is sometimes gross and scary but mostly it's hilarious. In 2015 scientists started sharing their most embarrassing #Fieldworkfails, and recently French illustrator Jim Jourdane has decided to compile the most memorable ones and turn them into amusing whimsical drawings.

From gluing yourself to a crocodile to walking in a thunderstorm with a 10 feet (3 metre) aerial, these moments show us that science is full of hilarious trainwrecks, too. Jourdane interviewed all scientists whose stories were included in his book to get a better understanding of their fieldwork and its details. "I talked to [them] I realized that there's a lot of problems of communication with the general public about how they work, what they do," he told Gizmodo. Thus, he tried to make his visual anecdotes available to everyone: "Eleven year old children, my grandmother, friends, scientists."

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John L
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3 years ago

I hope you had the good sense to anesthetize the fellow BEFORE applying the glue. :D

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John L
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3 years ago

I'm curious Angela, how did you manage to mark the jaguar's territory sign? And then stick around his territory for three weeks. Perhaps the big cat was trying to mate with you? ;D

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Cassiel Magem
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3 years ago

"This is real life, kids. Get used to it"

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mocochang
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3 years ago

LMAO

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Ilya Ditkovskiy
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3 years ago

Those lions just have a bad taste in music -.-

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Vlad Horobet
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3 years ago

Just like that Axe commercial.

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John L
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3 years ago

This cartoon does not represent the circumstances. The vials exploded because the suitcase was stored in a non-pressurized compartment. Passenger compartments are always pressurized, and this would not have happened.

Jim Jourdane
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3 years ago

You're right John ! (I'm the illustrator) I exagerated a little bit in the illustration, in the book I explain more in detail that the scientist discovered the mess only when she opened her suitcase at home :)

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Neeraj Jha
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3 years ago

That man is still sleeping.. I want that kind of sleep on weekends.

mocochang
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3 years ago

omg the mess...

Jilltdcatlady
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3 years ago

CRAP! How do you get out of this one? I mean really, how?

PsychoPrincess
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3 years ago

That's unfortunately the grossest thing I have ever seen that poor woman and then trying to explain herself after. " it's okay people it's just elephant blood everything is fine."

Carrie Cizauskas
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3 years ago

The samples were in the cargo hold, and were sealed, but some were obviously not sealed well enough to deal with the pressure change (NB most made it, but there were enough that popped their seals to make this...interesting). Jim illustrated this in a funnier way than what actually happened - don't worry! Also, everything was permitted, including all the hands on work with the elephants. And everything was done with several wildlife veterinarians (including myself) involved.

Diana Wilko Mauli
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3 years ago

I've had a fountain pen explode in the so-called-pressurized passenger compartment of an airplane, in my handbag, so why couldn't vials of elephant blood explode?

Dr. Incognito
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3 years ago

oops I did it again...

Enomfon Asuquo
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3 years ago

I played with the vial, there's blood on the plane, Oh Baby, Baby.......

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Cassiel Magem
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3 years ago

You had one job

Sanchit Jain
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3 years ago

did airline sue you for the mess, am sure blood on carpet and seat covers cannot be cleaned

S Missions
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3 years ago

Blood can be cleaned. Crime scene steam and clean guys do that all the time.

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Nancy E
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3 years ago

I hope the samples weren't really sitting on your lap but in the cargo hold.

Catherine Kane
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2 years ago

John L... Small, non-commercial planes for short hops. And why be a spoilsport?

Scott Houdek
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3 years ago

>:(

Dan Holman
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3 years ago

Even pressurized compartments do lose some pressure at high altitudes. If they weren't proper sealable containers, they could have burst open.

Steve Lawson
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3 years ago

Vampire nightmare!

Natalie Binebrink-Davis
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3 years ago

Bet you had fun explaining that!

Charles Laster
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3 years ago

And this is how the zombie apocalypse starts!

Charles Laster
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3 years ago

I've had nightmares like this, sitting next to someone in a plane, and then get splattered with blood. At which point, I know I'm doomed!

June Pixeld
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3 years ago

The passengers that watched Carrie , freaked for a sec..

Katnip WickerBasket
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3 years ago

Oh wow XD

Sharon Carroll
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3 years ago

I've had a bag of chips explode in the cabin, so even though it may be pressurized, there is still an issue. Otherwise, why do some people have pain in their ears?

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Rabbitt209
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3 years ago

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Poor elephants....

Carrie Cizauskas
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3 years ago

They were very well cared for by an experienced team of wildlife veterinarians.

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Cassiel Magem
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3 years ago

Those monkeys are so going to jail

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Liz dJ
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3 years ago

"Poc poc" 😂

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Vlad Horobet
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3 years ago

Honestly, without this image I would've not get the idea. Thanks artist.

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PsychoPrincess
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3 years ago

I bet you that was shocking...

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Bina Acharya
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3 years ago

hehe :p

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selket
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3 years ago

Don't worry, you'll get it back.... in about a day or two.... Just don't lick it afterwards! :D

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Cassiel Magem
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3 years ago

"This humans can't just learn to respect privacy"

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selket
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3 years ago

So... did the elves save you after finding your pants with the message? :D

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Ben Smith
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3 years ago

There was a bridge over a river you thought you could jump across?? Either youre VERY optimistic or the bridge is very short

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Virgil Blue
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3 years ago

Those bees should have tiny question marks over their heads in the picture.

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selket
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3 years ago

Awww, dissapointment of the year :)

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Sanchit Jain
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3 years ago

cartoon illustration is reverse of what mentioned in caption..

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Vlad Horobet
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3 years ago

Beep. Beep. Boop.

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Vlad Horobet
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3 years ago

I can't believe this one is real. Seems more like cartoon. How can you not see a damn elephant? xD

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Full Name
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3 years ago

I'd've been completely naked. Forget modesty, I've got some parts I consider higher up the "don't get bitten" ladder.

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Sanchit Jain
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3 years ago

did u had to melt them again to remove them?

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Neeraj Jha
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3 years ago

It's their Axe Effect..

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earringnut
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3 years ago

good to know

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Pi...
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3 years ago

Couldn't it have been lifted in a bag just like dog poop?

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