Everyone has a story from their past scientific exploits that comes up when there is a pissing contest over war stories. That time you got locked in the cold room for several hours? Nasty animal bite? Were you evacuated from a remote location? Maybe it's the time you accidentally inhaled some nasty chemical or blew up the fume hood. Perhaps you were directly responsible for the evacuation of a building or a chemical spill that required state officials to get involved. If there was fire, all the better.
Me? I've spent enough time in the field on my own and other people's projects that I've managed a few stories along the way. Perhaps the one with the best humor/no one seriously hurt ratio was the time I was pinned down by a sea turtle and, for lack of a better term, humped.
But how about you folks? What's your war story?