I posted a while ago about some of the interesting responses from people when they are introduced to anthropologists.
This one by a commenter named 'Barry' is a jem:
Five or so years ago I was on a panel of prospective jurors being questioned by an attorney for the defendant:
Attorney: What is your profession?
Me: I am a philosopher
Attorney: Philosophy? Is that a "helping profession"
Me: Its more like a helpless profession
Judge (laughing): This is no place for jokes..your out.
My all time favourite story, however, was from Alex Tabarrok. The conversation is between Tabarrok and his masseuse:
"Has anyone told you that you are great today? I can tell that you have a lot of loving energy. You're a very giving person."
"Wow," I replied, "no one has ever said that. I'm an economist."
"Oh," she replied, pausing slightly, "I guess I was wrong."