Didn’t know what other category to put this in. Here is a rant detailing things I often hear when I tell people I’m planning on going into forensics, and what I think. It’s not that I hate people asking questions about my line of work, and I know I’m going to get these questions asked whether I like it or not. But it does get a tad annoying. Am I not allowed to be annoyed? “Ew, you’re gonna be working with dead people? Doesn’t that bother you?” If it bothered me do you think I would have chosen this field? “I bet you like [i]Bones[/i].” “Do you watch [i]Criminal Minds[/i]?” “Oh, just like Abby on [i]NCIS[/i]!” *sigh* No, I did not choose forensics because I saw it on [i]NCIS[/i] or [i]Bones[/i] or whatever other crime drama that’s currently popular. No, I don’t want to watch them either. Stop asking. “You do realize it’s not like what’s on [i]CSI[/i], right?” Gee, I wasn’t aware that a fictional representation of crime scene investigation would be heavily dramatized to entertain the viewers. /s “Oh, I‘ve seen that on TV!” *proceeds to explain, in detail, an episode of [i]NCIS[/i] and how it supposedly relates to my field* Will. You. Please. Just. Shut. Up. I. Don’t. Care. I know how PCR works. I know how to do gel electrophoresis and how to read the gel. I know how DNA sequencing works. I know what a fingerprint is. You’re not telling me anything I don’t know. Stop acting like you’re an expert in the field just because you saw it on TV once.