Most researchers I know (being a reserarcher I know a few) can think of an experience like this.
IOWA CITY, IA—University of Iowa neuroscientists studying spatial learning and the effects of stress on memory announced Tuesday that a little son-of-a-bitch mouse ruined an experiment on cognitive performance by effortlessly navigating a maze that researchers spent nearly a year designing and constructing.
The test subject, a common house mouse, briskly traversed the complicated wooden maze in under 30 seconds or, according to the study’s final report, roughly 1/8,789,258 as long as it took the lab to secure funding for the experiment. According to researchers administrating the standard Y-maze test, the fucking bastard never even broke his stride during the first trial, always selecting the correct route while consistently avoiding blind dead-end alleys.
The worst flaw in most films about science is the way that important experiments always work on the first try. Lord, that would be a happy day in my lab. It cracks me up every time, though I guess it’s a reasonable trade-off against said movies being eighteen hours long.