I agree with Elise, it’s all of those things and a lot of other things too! I do come across quite a few smelly things being a chemist. Many smelly chemicals can have some strange effects on you – sometimes if you smell something too often, you become sensitive or allergic to it and can no longer use it or be around it. Sometimes you smell something so much, you can’t smell it any more even when others think it stinks! And some chemicals can only be smelled by some people, depending on their genetic makeup.
Being a scientist isn’t one thing or another. It is all of them and depending on the project I am working on it can be any mixture of the above, but generally not creepy. Unless of course you count sitting in front of a computer for +6 hrs a day creepy which I suppose some may think it is.