• Question: what was the most embarrassing thing that has happened during your time at work?

    Asked by lillibrowning on 11 Mar 2020.
    • Photo: Sarah Carter

      Sarah Carter answered on 11 Mar 2020:


      I am from the US originally and even though I’ve lived and worked in England for six years, I am constantly embarrassing myself by not understanding certain phrases or saying things that don’t make sense (or are embarrassing) to people in the UK. It happens so often!

    • Photo: Sarah Brown

      Sarah Brown answered on 11 Mar 2020:


      I broke a piece of equipment in the lab and cried because I was so worried that it was expensive and people would be annoyed with me! Turns out it was pretty common and no-one was too bothered!

    • Photo: Beth Bartlett

      Beth Bartlett answered on 11 Mar 2020:


      I accidentally put my cells in dry ice and froze them all when I wasn’t supposed to and ruined my experiment. My supervisor then told me the whole thing had cost £1200! It was my birthday though so he didn’t get too angry…

    • Photo: Katrina Wesencraft

      Katrina Wesencraft answered on 11 Mar 2020:


      I ripped my trousers at my work Christmas party and everybody saw my pants!

    • Photo: Ioana Grigoras

      Ioana Grigoras answered on 11 Mar 2020:


      I was in a meeting with my supervisor once and I had an itch on my scalp, so I used the pen that I was writing with the scratch it. Problem is that the pen got tangled in my hair and I couldn’t take it out…My supervisor had to untangle it in the end.

    • Photo: Sarah Clarke

      Sarah Clarke answered on 11 Mar 2020:


      I once got dressed for work in the dark (I was leaving home super early so didn’t want to wake anyone). About 2 hrs into my morning I realised I was wearing odd shoes…I had exactly the same pair in black and brown and had managed to put one of each on. I had to stay like it all day as I couldn’t go home.

    • Photo: Mahrukh Shameem

      Mahrukh Shameem answered on 12 Mar 2020:


      I think im just clumsy so I keep falling

    • Photo: Sophie Arthur

      Sophie Arthur answered on 12 Mar 2020:


      I’m not sure how embarrassing it is but once I got locked in the dark room at work and noone noticed I was gone for a few hours.

      The dark room is where I spent a lot of time developing photos of my experiments essentially. If you have ever watched a film set in the 50s for example and seen photographers developing photographs in a dark room with a red light, thats what I was doing

    • Photo: Kate Mitchell

      Kate Mitchell answered on 13 Mar 2020:


      I’ve given some really stupid answers to questions in job interviews – and then worked with the interviewers later!

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