Yup. It's a bucket full of cow eyes, all right.
Photographed by reader Robert Costin, the photo was taken in a biology classroom at Nevada State College. The cow eyes in question were being passed out to students as dissection subjects. Costin assures me that, creepy as this is, it's nothing compared to what he saw in the cadaver lab.
I'm sure he's right. My high school anatomy class once took a field trip to a cadaver lab at Kansas State University. Cow eyeballs have nothing on Rubbermaid tubs full of preserved human genitalia, still attached to disembodied hips and upper thighs. For some reason, those freaked out 17-year-old me way more than the still mostly-intact dead bodies.
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Maggie Koerth-Baker is the science editor at BoingBoing.net. She writes a monthly column for The New York Times Magazine and is the author of Before the Lights Go Out, a book about electricity, infrastructure, and the future of energy. You can find Maggie on Twitter and Facebook.