Sure, you can buy a flying car from Hammacher Schlemmer. But for truly bizarre catalog collections, turn to America's laboratory supply companies. It's a fair bet your favorite holiday catalog will not include a small-animal guillotine, for instance.
Or how about a dissection kit, a rat with Parkinson's disease, or some cocaine free base? Don't worry, it's for science.
These are just a handful of the weird, morbid, or questionable-sounding items you can find in catalogs offered by life science and technology research companies. In the spirit of giving this holiday season, we searched the best-known laboratory supply companies to come up with some rare gems, and we even threw in some sale items for you frugal types.
Some of the items, like lab rats and Schedule II controlled substances, would require special paperwork. But technically, anyone can buy a $950 fireproof hazard suit.
Enter the SciMall gallery to see some of our favorites.
Great. Just what my 7th graders could watch, a rat with Parkinson's Disease. We dug up a mole just before the freeze hit. They had a great time with it. Named him "Kevin".
A rat with Parkinson's Disease on cocaine, wearing a fireproof hazard suite. Brilliant. I'll take a dozen.
I feel bad for the mutant mice on sale. Maybe I was one in a previous life or something.
On the other hand, a mole named Kevin is pretty funny.