The “broken heart for science” badge


In which the recipient’s passion for science has led to their significant other leaving (PTP).



  1. You know the story–boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, boy forced to choose between two years in New Zealand and the girl.

    I regret nothing.

  2. I earned this for deciding that bringing snakes home from work was preferable than having that particular one living there all the time.

  3. Started grad school and a long-distance relationship at the same time. Had a signed commitment to one of them. She spelled “love” t.i.m.e., and I spell it “l.o.v.e”. Now I have more time for science.

  4. i break my mans heart every time he asks: “so, what are you wearing?” “uh jeans, shirt and lab coat.” his disappointed tone of voice when he says “oh.” has me giggling inside every time.

  5. I think I get this one for leaving my significant other in Arizona while I went up to Utah to start a biotech… she was meant to come up to join me, but instead chose to meet some other guy on a dating website.

  6. I’m pretty sure that I get this badge because of my moving (for my Ph.D.) from a large, populated, metropolitan area to a small, southern town, with a college in it, that utterly lacks any attractive, smart, liberal, agnostic women…

  7. He went to upstate NY for med school (not at an institute with a good research program) and I chose Cambridge to do regenerative stem cell. He found the skinny girl next door; I found an excellent project … and a buff organic farmer who likes me in a lab coat :)

  8. Ex was an actor who told me when I was in the middle of my undergrad honors project that we “just couldn’t talk about anything anymore.” What, he couldn’t open wikipedia? I’m better off!

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