There’s definitely a certain kind of humour that goes with working in a lab, especially when the vast majority of people are PhD students and postdocs.
Of course, there are sometimes other people found in the lab – such as undergraduates. It’s fairly evident that they don’t spend all of their days, weeks and months here. Undergraduates tend to treat the research lab like one of the teaching labs, where they automatically assume that some poor technician will sort out and clear up any mess they’ve made. They also like to congregate in large, noisy groups, which led to one PI taking drastic action.
However, not all of us who work here are exempt. Some electrophysiologists can be particularly messy – much to the annoyance of the anally-retentive ones.
Ice boxes are also subjected to handwritten messages.
Some messages are in fact ominous warnings.
A look round the electrophysiology lab yields a few more gems. Electrophysiologists, myself included, probably have the driest and darkest sense of humour. If we didn’t laugh, we’d cry – and believe me, we’ve cried a lot.