Take Two Capsules and Call Me in 200 Million Years!
For years, I have been providing gelatin caps to the Field Museum in Chicago, which is always kind of exciting when that call comes in. It is my understanding that they've been using them in their Ornithology department to classify and categorize small bird bones. Not exactly what they were designed for, but they serve a very valuable purpose.
I've had watchmakers use the gelcaps for storing and sorting small watch parts over the years.
But I have to say that getting a call from the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC a couple of mornings ago was quite a thrill, especially upon learning that the reason they needed some empty gelatin capsules from us was because they were using them to store very small bits of dinosaur fossils!
It just goes to show you: with a little imagination, you can do great things with the humble gelcap!