"Hey, does anyone know
what happened to my clams?"
(Read below for scientific explanation).
On the Twitter hashtag #overlyhonestmethods, Twitter-using scientists explain in all honesty what methods they used for their scientific research and experiments. This sample gives a glimpse into how science really works:
- We didn’t show the structure because we forgot to patent it so only three people actually know what it is.
- We decided to use Technique Y because it’s new and sexy, plus hot and cool. And because we could.
- I can’t send you the original data because I don’t remember what my excel file names mean anymore
- The experiment was left for the precise time that it took for us to get a cup of tea.
- I used that specific sequence of biotinylated DNA because I found some in the freezer.
- Samples were prepared under cleanroom conditions, after removing the pile of dirt behind the big machine.
- Our paper lacks post-2010 references as it’s taken the co-authors that long to agree on where to submit the final draft.
- The temperature controller on the spectrometer wouldn’t go any lower in July, so this is the temperature we used.
- We added 888 uL because it’s a lucky number in China.
- I did it this way because it was the first thing that got me a result and now my funding has run out ….
- We only recovered 2/3 of the water monitors because a hurricane blew away the rest.
- Steps 4 to 7 of the protocol were left out, because it gives the same result and saves one hour.
- To confirm the findings, we decided to repeat the same experiments in our collaborator’s lab. In Hawaii.
- Incubation lasted three days because this is how long the undergrad forgot the experiment in the fridg.
- We didn’t test as many clams as oysters because we’re pretty sure someone found the samples and ate them.
- We used jargon instead of plain English to prove that a decade of grad school and postdoc made us smart.
The above 16 examples were culled from a post I found on the 50 best overlyhonest methods because I was too lazy to search for good examples on my own: Becky Port, Storify>>
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