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  1. Geeka says

    My old boss used the lab grade powdered milk for his coffee, until I demonstrated that it cross reacted with mouse antibodies.

    I still ask him if he wants mouse pee with his coffee.

  2. says

    A fellow grad student’s PI was still using Sigma sucrose in his coffee just a couple of years ago. Unfortunately (?) I ‘grew up’ in the days of strict EHS protocols.

    Of course, all this explains why bio labs I took (for credit) felt the need to label every single bottle with ‘DO NOT EAT OR DRINK’.

  3. says

    He wanted to sequester metal atoms before he ate them? That’s my best guess. This also comes from the lab that cleaned frits with chlorine gas (well, HCl and pool shock) on the bench top and had chemicals on the shelf labeled “Osmium??”

  4. queenrandom says

    And here I thought I was bad because I drink my tea in an open mug at my bench.

    I did once get curious about the millipore water, but I stopped myself because it just seemed like a waste of money.

  5. says

    When I worked overnight in the hospital’s blood gas lab, I would eat my dinner next to the centrifuge as I was spinning down blood.

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