Source: Twiitter user LegoAcademics
There's one true sign that you've made it big: when people start creating Twitter fan accounts. That's exactly what happened with the female scientist Lego set that featured a paleontologist, astronomer, and chemist. Donna Yates, an archaeologist and research fellow at the University of Glasgow, was lucky enough to get her hands on one of the limited-edition sets and began a Twitter account chronicling their hilarious adventures though academia.
It all started, she says, on a rainy Friday when she was sifting through a ton of paperwork, got the toy set, and started to re-create the experiences that she and her office mate were having. She posted photos to her personal Twitter account, and because people liked them so much, she started the @LegoAcademics account on Aug. 8. Since then, it's attracted more than 26,000 followers.
"I hope for a situation where a Lego set (and a Research Institute) that just happens to be filled with women isn't notable. I don't want to push or force the idea of women in science and academia, I want to normalize it," she told CNET. "I don't just want little girls to dream of becoming an astronomer or a chemist, I want little boys to not think of a man, by default, when they hear the word 'scientist'. I think that is very important."
See some of our favorite tweets just as they were captioned, and follow @LegoAcademics for more.