Must-have in any tropical rainforest first aid kit! Apply topically over entrance to bot fly pupae until maggot dies, then extract. Coloured polish helps track infestation over course of field season. Also festive.— Aerin Jacob (@Aerin_J) January 30, 2018
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #reviewforscience pic.twitter.com/BDwAsRYVMa
I think we should all go to @Amazon and leave honest reviews of unusual science equipment #reviewforscience https://t.co/ocxzohjZvB— Dr Dani Rabaiotti (@DaniRabaiotti) January 30, 2018
We lay-folk have long known that scientists use common objects for strange reasons — see NASA researchers sending rubber ducks into a glacier to track ocean currents, or environmental scientists floating tampons down streams to find pollution. But until now, we may not have understood the scope or, frankly, the grossness of the phenomenon.
We present below: #ReviewForScience, an abridged collection.
Let's just say there are worse things you can put through a tea strainer than ants.
Really excellent for getting the brains out of very small bird skulls. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ #reviewforscience pic.twitter.com/9pR8d83T9o— Amy W Schwartz (@lizardschwartz) January 30, 2018
Fits neatly inside a lizard's cloaca. 5/5 #reviewforscience pic.twitter.com/WxvBAjkcQZ— Alex Slavenko (@AlexSlavenko) January 30, 2018
Tea strainers and colanders are one of the most-reviewed items, having been used to drain mashed testicles, sift bones out of cat feces and for “sieving parasites out of poop.”
But there are really no limits. If someone has sold it on Amazon, or maybe anywhere, a researcher has probably befouled it in the name of human knowledge.
We could probably write more about this. Maybe a few paragraphs about how the rise of online shopping has affected academia, or whatever, but you'd probably rather just read about how yoga mats can be used for fish surgery, so here:
thin yoga mats make great fish surgery table covers. easy to clean/sterilize, water-proof, and pretty durable: 4/5 stars #reviewforscience pic.twitter.com/nGtd2QHe0c— Hank Hershey (@spoonbill_hank) January 30, 2018
Likely good for gas, not blood— Clayton Lamb (@ClaytonTLamb) January 30, 2018
I found this vessel balanced with well placed handles. However, without a vent, the rotting cow blood I stored in it as part of #grizzlybear DNA study was poised for explosion. Indeed, the vessel split at the seams.
Perfect container for a large gull. 5 stars #reviewforscience pic.twitter.com/7XjVpL7pe9— Liam Berigan (@LA_Berigan) January 30, 2018
You can see the entire #ReviewForScience collection here, though beware that you may never look at a blender the same way again.
Ben Guarino and many scientists contributed to this report. It has been updated with more details on the original tea strainer/ants review.