Professor Eppendorf's Laboratory Novelties and Practical Jokes
by Zev Winicur
Forget the cheap, plastic x-ray specs from yesteryear. These battery
powered spectacles contain a real x-ray! Hold your hand in front of your
face to see your bones wiggling around. Count your friends' vertebrae
and locate joint articulations. Great at lab parties!
LEONARD THE TALKING LAB MOUSE
Turn Leonard on and he occasionally twitches in his cage. Pick him up by
his tail and he says, ``Hey, put me down!'' Covered with real mouse fur,
Leonard is the most realistic looking ersatz mouse on the market.
REMOTE-CONTROLLED GEIGER COUNTER
Looks and acts like a real Geiger counter but you can make the needle `jump'' at the press of a button. Hide the remote control in your
pocket and make the needle move when people check themselves for
radiation. They'll go into hysterics thinking they have received a
lethal dose! Yuks galore!
GLOW-IN-THE-DARK PIPETTE TIPS
You will be the talk of the lab with these handy glow-in-the-dark
pipette tips. They fit standard 20, 200, and 1000 microliter pipetmen.
$19.49 for bulk bag of 1000
Three spring snakes fit into our realistic chemical reagent jar. People
expecting to weigh out chemicals will be ``attacked'' by the snakes! A
$4.99 for reagent jar and three snakes
This mini tape recorder fits behind any standard ultracentrifuge. As the
centrifuge accelerates, the mini recorder makes incredibly loud scraping sounds to simulate the rotor becoming unbalanced. Watch them run for
cover as they think the rotor is about to go through the wall!
THE SPILLED EXPERIMENT GAG
Based on the old ``spilled beer gag'', an Erlenmeyer flask is tipped on
its side with the ``contents'' spilling out. The ``liquid'' is really a
transparent, solid plastic but only you will know that. Perfect for
dealing with neatness nuts in the lab.
Looks like a real beaker but when the researcher pours out any fluid, it
dribbles down the side! More fun than a barrel of monkeys!
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