Slicing someone into thousands of tiny pieces like a med-school Ed Gein is a great way to study human anatomy. But such a crude and archaic method would obviously be insufficient for a creature as complex and mysterious as the borderline mythical "mouse." So scientists came up with a solution that is admirable in its simplicity and terrifying in its everything else: making mice see-through.
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"The same thing we do every night, Pinky: Scream in endless horror."
Oh Jesus. They're dead, yet look like they're still suffering. And we're sure it's only a matter of time before you can pick a live one up at the pet store and traumatize your Facebook friends with pictures of your beloved pets, Whiskers and Vertebrae. The euthanized mice are skinned, then pumped full of chemicals that make their organs transparent. It's the same way we want to go out one day, so that we can be mounted in the office to keep the next generation of Cracked employees in a state of constant obedient terror.
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The realistic version of Harry Potter's invisibility cloak would have been slightly more haunting.
The intent, besides making it impossible to look at an adorable little mouse again without gagging, is to give scientists the ability to study their anatomy in detail and see how, for example, cancer has spread through its little mousy body. So no, they're not repeating the process with other animals ... for now, anyway. First they make the mice transparent, then they come for your cats and dogs, and the next thing you know, grandma's having an open casket, transparent corpse funeral. "She gave her body to science," the eulogist will say, "and now she gives it to your nightmares."
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