What do you get the person who has everything?
What can you get this close to the holidays that will get to you in time?
A skull! Well, not literally, they probably already have that. No, the skull THEY need is one of the many skulls in the Hyrtl skull collection of the Mutter Museum. Or rather, the skulls need them. Or you! They’re old, and falling apart. Over 150 years old, to be exact.
The antemortem (before-death) information known about these skulls, the medical studies done using them, and the fact that they’re incredibly historically important, as they were some of the many points Hyrtl used to make a thorough debunking of phrenology, means that these bones are irreplaceable. But the vibrations of visitors and the wear of time on these old faces means that teeth are loosening, condyles are cracking, and internal structures are beginning to crumble.
In order to keep the skulls available to researchers and visitors, highly-skilled meticulous restoration and reinforcement is needed, and that’s where you can help: For $200, you can sponsor the “rejuvenation” of one of these bad boys. Your (or your friend’s) name will even be displayed alongside the skull in the museum!
Help save an invaluable part of medical history, and have your name in one of the coolest museums around, to boot! (not to mention, if you save a skull you’re given a membership to the museum, so you can go and see your bony buddy :D)
But move quickly if you want to give one of the awesomest gifts out there - there are only 139 skulls, and over half are already adopted.
See the catalogue of skulls here [pdf]. Might I suggest adopting Mr. Boechedi Cattaro or Paul Dragio? They’re cuties.