Top Ten Signs You Might be A geologist © 1999 Sarah Noble

This list was originally created for the Brown Geology Dept T-shirts back in grad school, then it briefly became an internet sensation.

10. You have ever had to respond "yes" to the question, "What have you got in here, rocks?"

9. You have ever taken a 15-passenger van over "roads" that were really intended only for cattle

8. You have ever found yourself trying to explain to airport security that a rock hammer isn't really a weapon

7. Your rock garden is located inside your house

6. You have ever hung a picture using a Brunton as a level

5. Your collection of beer cans and/or bottles rivals the size of your rock collection

4. You consider a "recent event" to be anything that has happened in the last hundred thousand years

3. Your photos include people only for scale and you have more pictures of your rock hammer and lens cap than of your family

2. You have ever been on a field trip that included scheduled stops at a gravel pit and/or a liquor store

And the #1 sign you might be a geologist:

1. You have ever uttered the phrase "have you tried licking it" with no sexual connotations involved