RE: [Histonet] 200 proof ethanol

From:"Yaskovich, Ruth A (NIH/NIDCR) [E]"

I remember working for the Maryland Department of Agriculture and our
formalin was pink. I think it was actually Embalming Fluid!
Ruth Yaskovich
National Institute of Dental and Crainiofacial Research
Neurobiology and Pain Branch

-----Original Message-----
From: powell_sa [] 
Sent: Friday, November 07, 2008 2:54 PM
To: Breeden, Sara; histonet
Subject: RE: [Histonet] 200 proof ethanol

Got you beat by 6 years Sara, and I remember all those fun things too,
I did not visit the bees. And the reason you colored the alcohol was to
the interns and residents from having a party and using it all up. I
remember making hematoxylin and our ceiling had a huge purple circle
over the counter where we made it and "blew" it up. :)  Those were the
ole days, well old anyway.

>===== Original Message From "Breeden, Sara" 
>I remember in the Olde Days (1971-76 or so) we got our ethanol in 50
>gallon drums and it was my job to color the alcohol with something pink
>so it would be "recognized".  Don't remember what the "pink" stuff was
>and I'm sure there was a reason for coloring it but I was young and
>didn't think I needed to know that, apparently.  I did that, as I
>remember, after gathering eggs from the chicken house for the albumen
>and fighting the bees off for the wax... nah! - I'm not THAT old!  I do
>remember round snap cassettes and L-shaped molds and sharpening knives
>on a glass plate.. maybe it's time for me to retire.  Come to think of
>it - my ASCP certificate tells me that on March 7, 2009, I will have
>been practicing histology for FORTY years.  Maybe I do remember the wax
>and chickens... And maybe I need to keep practicing!  That's my Friday
>Fume for this L-O-N-G very interesting week in the world... adios.
>Sally Breeden, HT(ASCP)
>NM Dept. of Agriculture
>Veterinary Diagnostic Services
>PO Box 4700
>Albuquerque, NM  87106
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