Thanksgiving Leftovers: Under the Microscope

Would you recognize your leftovers when they're magnified? Would you know turkey if you saw it at 40X?

Make a guess and click an image to see the answer.

i-9799e1fdf5642a5e810855ff732a1cd9-sm4.jpg
i-72fafc16f84e53295c58611821ecef1d-sm1.jpg
i-24f2731f59c276e0ef1e6ca3839ce16d-sm5.jpg
i-8f55938e4cac000946b586b71947c5ee-sm3.jpg
i-38d279bf5e78b6007ae9814a914a82e7-sm6.jpg
i-3ec2e99737a9f1f6158c099afd62cab1-sm2.jpg

technorati tags: , ,

Copyright Geospiza, Inc.

More like this

Would you recognize your leftovers when they're magnified? Would you know turkey if you saw it at 40X? Make a guess and click an image to see the answer. Reposted from DigitalBio's greatest hit collection technorati tags: Thanksgiving, food science, microscopy Copyright Sandra…
Eastern tiger swallowtail butterflies (Papilio glaucus) on a butterfly bush in central New Jersey. Photographed August 2, 2008.
This is so many degrees of wrong. Start your "so this is how Palin got the job" jokes if you want, but please remember that HER DAUGHTER IS IN THE FREAKIN' PICTURE TOO YOU SICK BASTARDS.

Why does the turkey look so much like an insect larva?

By luna_the_cat (not verified) on 27 Nov 2006 #permalink

It doesn't look much like the insect larvae that I've examined. I agree that the color is similar, but I see a bunch of long clear muscle cells that are all intertwined in the turkey samples.

Maybe it's just the way my eyes work...but I took a look at that first photo, the Turkey SGP 2006, and the first thought that sprang to mind was "Drosophila!" -- the bit in the upper-right hand corner looks like a semi-dissected larva head, to me. Have you ever had a close look at them when they've just turned to pupae and are still white?

But hey, I've had a lot of people tell me I'm just weird. They're probably right.

By luna_the_cat (not verified) on 28 Nov 2006 #permalink