stepanm's blog

Giant microbes in the library!

People who usually try to avoid things like anthrax can now fearlessly check them out of the Instructional Materials Center (IMC).

Before its use as a biological weapon, anthrax was a common disease, spores of which are found in soil. It is possible that anthrax was described as the fifth plague of the Bible (widespread death of livestock) and even the sixth, too (skin boils).
Although real anthrax can form durable long-lived spores, which can be deadly, the library anthrax is irresistibly soft and completely benign. It is pictured here with its furry buddy, West Nile.

Check these and other adorable viruses and parasites in the Curriculum Materials section of IMC under QR201.A1: http://www.lib.muohio.edu/multifacet/books/giantmicrobes?sort=relevance&...

1 lb of fat… now available for check out!

It’s true. The woolly mammoth hair, ostrich egg, fossils, bags of rocks and other interesting items in the Curriculum Materials collection at IMC are now joined by a life-size (and weight) lump of fat. The yellow blob measures about 6.5” x 4” x 3” and weighs one pound. Need I say this is the coolest, grossest thing the cataloging department has seen since the inflatable man spilling all his little detachable, inflatable guts?
QM565 .L541 2000z (IMC CurrMat)