I had to order some plastic pestles for squashing flies in test tubes today as people were trying to make do with pipette tips and I was all "I can't work in these conditions" diva-ish about it. So i tried to find out how to obtain these essential items - well I just asked a friend if she could tell me how to obtain them. Ever reliable my friend soon emailed a catalogue link where we can now all bask in the glory of said pestles.
What's the big deal, I hear you ask? Well, if I was going to be picky I'd say the "scientists" nails are a walking time-bomb with safety gloves but that's a side issue. Read the product description;
"Pestle ends are specially designed to mate with 0.5 mL or 1.5 mL
microtubes. Shaft is convenient length and diameter for gentle manual
back-and-forth rotation or more vigorous motorized operation."
Someone was clearly bored/sexually frustrated while writing that entry! I know I'll be a lot more self-conscious the next time I'm using one. Maybe next time i'm squashing flies in an eppendorf I can start muttering, "yeah, you like that, don't you?" or "take it" or if the situation demands "you want some vigorous motorized action, you dirty eppendorff?, you got it"
It does make me wondering if science catalogues are littered with this kind of thing? It looks like I'm going to have to do a lot more ordering in the new job, so i will keep a close eye out for it.