How to spot a Geologist
To spot a geologist in the wild, look for:
- Hand-lens, compass, pen-knife, handcuffs etc. tied round neck with string.
- Someone who owns a pet rock and is not eight (in the case of paleontologists, this will be their closest friend), with said ‘pet’ often found hanging from keys.
- Someone lighting a cigarette with a handlens focusing the sunlight, or a coat hanger stretched between the battery terminals of a University van.
- Someone who says “this will make a nice Christmas gift” while out rock collecting.
- Someone who even on an average day in the field can make Indiana Jones look like a bit of a klutzy wuss.
- Someone whose pockets tend to be filled with bits of rock.
- Someone who rocks the party and is the schist everywhere they go.
- Someone who can say, “Gneiss Cleavage” or talks about slaty cleavage and means it in a non-derogatory sense.
- Someone who gets really upset when the countertop, which is obviously mafic/aphanitic/metamorphic, is called granite and takes 20 minutes to tell you why you’re wrong.
- Someone who has an odd obsession with Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Star Trek etc…and often dresses the part!