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15 Things That Will Annoy Anyone With A Scientific Brain

"It's good because it's got no chemicals in it. It's so natural."

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2. "I try to avoid eating stuff with chemicals in it."

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What exactly do you mean by chemicals? Because you do realise that literally everything has chemicals in it. Cambridge Dictionaries says a chemical is "any basic substance that is used in or produced by a reaction involving changes to atoms or molecules". That means things like air, protein, water, sugar, vitamins, literally every single thing ever.


5. "Gluten/sugar/caffeine is really, really bad for you and you should try and completely cut it out of your life."

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Everyone has a slightly different body and digestive system. Just because you get bloated when you eat white bread it doesn't mean everyone does. And obviously loads of sugar and caffeine is terrible, but in moderation all foods are fine.

6. "But when my aunt cut out gluten/started washing her face with oil/only ate kale she lost 3 stone and was miraculously cured of several serious conditions."


Good for her, but that doesn't mean it's going to work for everyone. Anecdotal evidence doesn't really fly in scientific communities.

7. "Oh great you're a scientist. Can you explain string theory to me?"

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No idea – I'm a protein crystallographer! Scientists tend to be incredibly specialised. They may have a better grasp on some stuff than the average person, but most microbiologists won't know anything about theoretical physics.


9. "The Fantene Pro W shampoo repairs your split ends using triple science high-tech protein wizards."


Yes, this shampoo will make me look like Beyoncé because it's got ~protein~, ~DNA~, and ~vitamins~ in it. Or these are just buzz words.

10. "Antibiotics are bad for us and are destroying the Earth."

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Actually they save lives every day. Antibiotic resistance is terrible, but antibiotics themselves aren't to blame for that – it's how we use them.