Sunday, July 1, 2012

Another totally disgusting museum

Another ghastly blog you shouldn't read if you're squeamish or were planning on eating today, about another macabre museum I urgently needed to visit as soon as I read about it.

The assorted tapeworms and other organisms displayed at the Meguro Parasitological Museum in Tokyo aren't as shocking as the deformed baby corpses and crushed skulls of Bangkok's Siriraj Medical Museum, but this research centre still probably isn't a place to take your kids on a family day out in Tokyo. Unless it's me as a kid.

Meguro Parasitological Museum

The world's longest tapeworm (8.8 metres). I'm not much of a hypochondriac, but I've had a sneaking suspicion that I've been sharing my burgers and biscuits with one of these for the past 20 years or so

The museum's star attraction - a dolphin stomach with anisakis infestation.
You weren't planning on eating noodles tonight, right?

The explanations only come in Japanese, so I don't know what the hell's going on

Assorted animal parasites that you definitely have inside you right now

Parasites that achieved the impressive feat of making these fish look even uglier than normal

So some crabs got sick, big deal. Who cares about crabs? You're going to have to try harder than that to get an emotional response out of me

NOOOOO! WHO DID THIS??? What kind of God could let this happen?

I bet this is only here so some bored lab technician can hold it aloft and make an 'I've got turtle head' joke a couple of times each day. (R.I.P. Leonardo)

Trematoda, apparently. There go my hopes of an educational blog. It's probably bad for you?

We don't need a translator for this one. You remember our old friend filariasis from the Bangkok Parasitology Museum? Just to remind you

This place isn't just a gratuitous gore-fest - it's a research facility too, which has been running since the 1950s, and that means there are plenty of delightfully impractical old tomes lying around that you're not allowed to read

If you enjoyed your visit, you can buy a souvenir T-shirt of neodactylodiscus latimeris and other popular parasites, which helps to support the facility's important research as well as giving you the power to make people spontaneously vomit in the street.

Stay healthy, readers! And please make sure you cook those sausages thoroughly before scoffing them down.


  1. Yuk the only time I had to scroll down fast without reading your travelling adventures. Mum :-)

  2. When I worked at Tesco, one of my colleagues was in her final year of university learning about dietetics. She told me that if you have a tapeworm, the best way to get rid of it is to starve yourself for a few days then cook up a big juicy steak. Put the steak on the floor, and squat naked a foot away from it. The worm will be hungry too, so when it smells the tasty treat it will venture out of your bum-hole. This is when you have your friend, who is standing nearby with a huge mallet, squash the mofo and kill it dead.

    1. Look, I found a way to access my own website finally!

      I've heard the story about coaxing out a tapeworm by sitting on spam before, but I was pretty sure it was a joke. Though I'm not medically qualified or anything.

      Since writing this, I found out I've gained almost 10kg since I last weighed myself in December (I'm now 70kg, whatever that is in your old-fashioned measurements), so I'm less worried about my imaginary tapeworm.

      In the last few months I've also confirmed that my ankle wound and the lump under my man breast are nothing. Now I just have to be brave enough to show a doctor my arse that's been bleeding for two and a half years, and my minor medical worries will be over!