When I put together this post showing some awesome science photos, I expected to be amazed, but not to find myself becoming extremely cheerful. However, in the middle of digging for cool research image material, I went deep into Fermilab's Visual Media Services Photo Database and found a lot of visual treasure.

Fermilab has more than 4,000 stock science photos, mostly captured for journalistic illustrations—and a few of them are funny as hell. Here is a selection of their best.

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Einstein learns that neutrinos faster than light

Image: Reidar Hahn/Fermilab


Astronomical toilet paper

Image: Reidar Hahn/Fermilab


Scientist Mandy Rominsky

Image: Reidar Hahn/Fermilab

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Cardboard H Higgs

Image: Reidar Hahn/Fermilab


BaBar hunts for Dark Matter

Image: Reidar Hahn/Fermilab


Decimal time (deci-time) clock

Image: Reidar Hahn/Fermilab


Jellybean pie chart showing composition of the Universe

Image: Reidar Hahn/Fermilab


Water wave

Image: Reidar Hahn/Fermilab


Andrew Sonnenschein at the MINOS Underground Hall for data

Image: Reidar Hahn/Fermilab


Cans of data on shelves for data storage

Image: Reidar Hahn/Fermilab


This happens all the time

Image: Reidar Hahn/Fermilab


Styrofoam cups with bite marks

Image: Reidar Hahn/Fermilab


Selda Esen and a CMS Starter Kit

Image: Reidar Hahn/Fermilab


Physics in TV and Film

Image: Reidar Hahn/Fermilab


Physics in TV and Film

Image: Reidar Hahn/Fermilab


String Theory written in string

Image: Reidar Hahn/Fermilab


Universal Accord recipe

Image: Reidar Hahn/Fermilab


"Dark Matter" written in Braille

Image: Fred Ullrich/Fermilab


Foreign currencies in ziplock bags

Image: Reidar Hahn/Fermilab


Jelly Bean Universe - representing the percentages of Dark Matter, Dark Energy and Normal Atomic Matter

Image: Reidar Hahn/Fermilab


Bottle of wine won by Michael Witherell for solving a mathematical equation

Image: Reidar Hahn/Fermilab


Ice Cream and Accelerating Cavity

Image: Reidar Hahn/Fermilab


Wilson Hall night time reflection with Sloan star field image and CDF Top Quark image

Image: Reidar Hahn/Fermilab


Top image: Reidar Hahn/Fermilab