Unfiltered Story #186870

, , | Unfiltered | February 13, 2020

(I work as a volunteer at a natural history museum in Oklahoma. I’ve been working there for 5 years. On the day this particular incident happened I was manning the discovery cart in the museum’s fossil hall. The discovery cart allows visitors to touch and even hold some fossil casts and also some real fossils. Usually, I tell visitors the most up-to-date things on dinosaurs. However, as I found out, even the famous T.rex can be unknown to certain people.)

Me: *notices group of senior citizens* Good morning. How’s your visit been?

Senior Male: Great! *points to cast of a T.rex tooth* What’s that?

Me: This *picks up T.rex tooth* is a T.rex tooth. It was the primary tool T.rex used to hunt and kill his prey.

Senior Female: T.rex? What’s that? Is that a type of dinosaur?

Me: *visibly mortified* Yes. T.rex was a type of meat-eating dinosaur that lived in North America 68 to 65 million years ago.

Senior Male: *notices my discomfort* Thank you, we’ll be moving on.

Me: No problem. Have a nice day.

(On my break, I went into the volunteer office and assumed a fetal position while rocking back and forth in front of one of the walls. Luckily, I snapped out of it and was able to continue volunteering that day.)