One of my most memorable
experiences may seem a bit morbid, but it is one I now find the
funniest. We deal with rats in our lab and in order to determine
whether we injected the hormones into the right area of the brain,
we have to decapitate the rats’ heads. There is an elaborate
set of procedures required to take the brains out of the rats,
one of which includes injecting the rats with formaldehyde. Well,
after my mentor carried out an elaborate set of procedures, he
placed all of the decapitated rat heads on the lab station so I
could take the brains out. When I looked at one of the heads, I
saw the rat wink at me. I was scared and stared at the head until
my mentor asked what was wrong. I told him what had happened and
he told me that the blinking was a result of the formaldehyde.
I just laughed and continued extracting the brains, but I kept
an eye on the head that had winked at me.