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Hank Green of the Vlogbrothers visited the museum to film a "Thoughts from Places" video about a month ago. A lot of the footage he took wasn't used, here's some that didn't make it to the final video. Also...in here is where I talk about "The Brain Scoop" which is where we got the name for the channel.

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Emily: Birds on sticks!

Hank: How do you keep them preserved? 

Emily: You need to make an incision and remove the whole internal body cavity, which is all just one big, enclosed unit. Its got this great connective tissue. It's like taking a sock off your foot. Cause you invert the whole skin up until the skull, crack the skull in half, remove the brain with a very sophisticated tool called a brain scoop, revert the skin, stuff it with cotton, put some wire in it, stick the stick in it, and um, that's about it. The ones dating before the 1960s were preserved with arsenic as well. 

Hank: 78, so we're good

Emily: You still might wanna wash your hands before you go to lunch. You know what this is? 

Hank: That is a vertebrae...?

Emily: Yes.

Hank: Of a very large thing. Is it a cetacean? 

Emily: Yeah! I don't know the exact one it's some kind of porpoise, um, but it's the entire cervical vertebrae column and so it's like, this is, you know

Hank: Oh, so it's all, yeah

Emily: You know, I showed you that human one, it was pretty...but they're all complacted together, these are all different, separate bones. They don't need to have a lot of mobility side to side of their head. You can take a skin and you have it all the way until it's just attached by the nose, so it's really weird to see this, like, weird skeletal thing and I mean, I'm just skinning a mink today, so maybe you can see that. Like, why to mustelids and, uh, members of the skunk family get nematodes? This is sign of a nematode infection. So a nematode is a parasite that comes in through the sinuses and it makes these lesions on the brain. And I imagine it does not feel very good.

Michael: There's a really interesting smell coming out of this

Emily: mmm, it's not just the skunk smell, it's probably like preservation tissue and the fact that you're in a museum with 21,000 dead things. 

Hank: It's a little musty.

Michael: It's not a terrible smell

Emily: It's like your grandma's attic.

Michael: It's just really interesting.

Hank: Yeah, it's like my grandma's attic times two.

Michael: Is it about two grandma's attics in here?

*laughs*