Badass Geologist Gets Sweet Re-venge On The Neighbors Who Blocked Her Car With A Boulder

Some people are taking the piss without worrying too much about the consequences of their actions. Well, sometimes, if your aim isn’t on point, the piss bounces back. Just saying. Melissa Scruggs is a California woman who recently woke up to a giant boulder blocking her car. Her drunk neighbors made sure it would. But they probably forgot that Melissa is a volcanologist. She literally studies rocks, currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the field as well. “I and other grad students have lived in the same building for about 3 years now,” Melissa told Bored Panda.

“The current neighbors are 1st or 2nd-year undergraduates, and they moved in across the driveway in July 2018. I was a little concerned at first because they like to throw big parties, but they’ve generally been pretty considerate with noise and keeping people out of our yard.”

“As I posted on Twitter, I had absolutely no clue that everybody would find this so funny – I just thought a few of my geologist friends would get a chuckle out of it. The Matilija Sandstone (I’m pretty sure that’s what this boulder was) is a reasonably soft rock, comparatively speaking – not very much of a challenge for an auto-chipper in the hands of an igneous petrologist!”

People wanted to know more about the story, and Melissa indulged them

“I’m hoping that I can use this attention to serve as a role model for anybody (but especially girls) who want to be righteous and awesome scientists and to really engage the public with Earth Science. Geologists are often overlooked but quite important – and, as you can see, we’re pretty freaking awesome as a general rule.”

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