So most of us probably heard about the Rosetta spacecraft that landed on a comet 500 million (give or take) kilometers from earth last week? It was truly an exciting accomplishment for space exploration and certainly for the team of scientists that pulled it off.
But did you hear about the *ahem* "shirtstorm" that erupted after one of the project scientists was interviewed while wearing a shirt adorned with artistic renditions of scantily clad, leather-bound, buxom women? Ugh, I don't want to get into it, apparently things got pretty nasty - women lashing out at him, others lashing out at the women for lashing out at him... sigh.
I will say that (1) I don't have a big problem with the shirt, (2) I don't think it suggests that women aren't welcome in science fields, (3) I'm still impressed that he and colleagues landed a spacecraft on a freaking comet! BUT (4) he shoulda thought twice about what he was wearing for such a media event. I understand he felt pretty bad about it afterward.
Years ago, I worked in a lab with three older guys and a couple of guys about my age. One of the older guys had a couple of photos of random topless women at his desk in our open lab. Once, I was directed to get some keys out of a top desk drawer of one of the other older guys. I opened said drawer and, HELLO naked girl!
But... that was those guys. We actually had a fun work environment in that lab. There were other women who regularly came into the lab for both work and socializing. And I can honestly say that if there would've been any type of dangerous situation at work, those guys would've protected me before protecting themselves. That was about 20 years ago. Thinking about it now, I'm sure such "decorations" are not allowed.
So back to the scientist. I feel bad that his accomplishment has been marred by his bad choice of clothing, even though it was - yes - his choice. Maybe he could use his physics smarts to make a time machine to go back and wear a different shirt?
Today, I was going through a power point from one of my classes and noticed a typo. There was an equation that used an "A" where there should've been a "T", and it could've been misleading since either an "A" or "T" was relevant to the equation.
I typed out a quick e-mail to my professor, noting the typo. Before sending, I was thinking what I should put in the subject line. "T and A" immediately came to mind, but LUCKILY I caught myself. I don't know him that well!
Have you made a faux pas - fashion, e-mail, or otherwise - that you wish you could get a do-over for?