I am no expert on psychology but, as a teenage physics fanatic, I have met a large amount of people (myself possibly included who are considered to have a physics “plague” and avoided at all costs. Maybe its the scruffiness or the decidedly foreign language but exchange students from every corner of the globe don’t have this problem. Personally i believe it is a potent mixture of jealousy and that old chestnut, fear of the unknown, ie dogs hating dark spaces. Any true and sincere or just plain stupid answers appreciated.

For example, take a look at the first result when one googles scientist. (Personally I’d have put my money on Einstein with his tongue out.)