The Washington Post reports:
Last month, John Birch left a four-star review on Amazon for a tea strainer, which his son had purchased to separate ants for a zoology experiment. No big deal. The review sat quietly on the site until this week, when other scientists found it, shared it and instantly started a Twitter trend.
We lay-folk have long known that scientists use common objects for strange reasons — see NASA researchers sending rubber ducks into a glacier to track ocean currents, or environmental scientists floating tampons down streams to find pollution. But until now, we may not have understood the scope or, frankly, the grossness of the phenomenon.
We present below: #ReviewForScience, an abridged collection.
Let's just say there are worse things you can put through a tea strainer than ants.
There's more at the link.
Here are a couple of examples of the "reviews". Click each image to be taken to a larger version on the Twitter page.
Clearly, scientists have vivid imaginations . . . So do military men, of course. Tampons and sanitary pads as wound dressings? Got you covered. Stockings as air filters? BTDT. Sugar as sabotage tool? Oh, yeah.