Canadian journalist Donna Laframboise. Former National Post & Toronto Star columnist, past vice president of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. New posts: Mondays & Wednesdays.
A great gift for all ages.
Fieldwork Fail is a wonderful book that began after Jim Jourdane, a French illustrator, started sketching some of the events described by natural scientists who were using the Twitter hashtag #FieldworkFail.
Those observing and documenting the natural world sometimes suffer amusing mishaps, or make hilarious gaffes. Spilling substances on themselves that attract a host of insects. Mistaking a giant reptile’s tail for a log. Forgetting that they’re wearing a 3 meter (10 foot) GPS aerial during a lightning storm.
As Emily Lipstein says over at Gizmodo,
The book contains fieldwork mishaps from the fun and harmless…to the more dangerous, like peeing on a jaguar’s marked tree and getting stalked through the jungle for three weeks. It’s a great starting point for scientists to communicate some of the less-sexy aspects of their work.
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