Scratch that. Here's how you know I'm a civil engineer.
As I was reading a book, I came across the following line
"The garden is a patch of pebbles and dust screened from the neighboring property..."
and immediately spent a good minute or so thinking, "I remember the full stack of sieves and the shaker thingy from my soil mechanics lab. Hmm. Why can't I remember who my lab partners were? I remember the professor, though - Dr. DeGroot. That would be weird, right, to have a full stack of sieves to screen the soil and the use whatever fell through the No. 200 sieve to fill up the garden. Seems like a lot of effort, and I've never heard of that before, how neat that the author is using this in this novel..."
Then I read the rest of the sentence, continued on the next line:
"...screened from the neighboring property on the east by a rotting hedge."
Oh. OHHH. Ahh. The neighboring property can't see the damn mess of a garden through the hedge. I got it now.