So finding the china empty perfume
bottle of zebra roundworms is no easy task. Phillips pulls out a glass jar
with an oxidized metal clamp screwed onto its lid. She shakes the jar to try to
get a better view of the label floating in the cloudy fluid. It's not the zebra
roundworms. "This looks like it was collected in Washington, D.C., from a deer
in 1894," she says. Unlike the other jars that are packed with stringy worms,
this one contains a blanched piece of flesh. You have to look closely to see the
worms sticking out of it.
Phillips says when collecting parasitic worms in the field, it's often easier
to leave the parasite lodged in the tissue it's burrowed into. "Rather than pull
out each individual worm, it may actually be quicker just to pull out the big
chunk of tissue. Like this." She reaches down and picks up a jar from a shelf at
knee level. "This is heartworm a dog. So this is the actual heart with the worms
inside. These long thin, stringy things.
They're actually going through the passages of the heart. You can imagine if
this dog's heart was full of heartworms, it wouldn't function very well." The
white, threadlike parasites are a strong visual reminder to give Fido his
heartworm pills. Guinea worm infects humans, causing fever, swelling and pain
when it emerges from the skin. The specimen shown here floats in a vessel about
the size of a spice jar. Phillips moves deeper into the stacks. "This shelf is
all human parasites," she says. "A lot of the human ones come from hospitals."
It is infused by cognac that's over 100 years old, and it has
(unintelligible) on it, it has a little bit of truffle or truffle butter. Yummy,
yummy, yum. INSKEEP: Just a hot dog infused with 100-year-old cognac. About 20
pre-orders have come in already, we're told. The shop needs 12 hours notice so
it can get the ingredients fresh.