Monday, 18 August 2008

Tokyo's giant tapeworm - Meguro Parasitological Museum

While other museums would regard Egyptian sarcophagi or priceless artworks as their main highlight, the Meguro Parasitological Museum’s major draw card appears to be a 10 metre tapeworm that was pulled out of some unfortunate soul in Yokohama.
This Tokyo oddity is primarily a privately-funded medical research facility, but still finds space to exhibit over 300 specimens of parasites.
By all accounts, the curators seem genuinely disappointed that their lovable little creatures have had to be preserved – apparently they couldn’t get away with displaying them inside a live animal or human.
It’s difficult to know whether this one is best visited before or after lunch, however.

More information: Meguro Parasitological Museum

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