A stormy Thursday lured me into M.S.C. lead by my friend, Chris Meyers, a Curator and Explorer at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. A compound filled with treasures, The Museum Support Centre keeps safe millions of collections shrouded in mystery. Surrounded by a fence outside of the city, the series of buildings- or pods, contain a seemingly innumerable amount of strange natural objects in jars, mummies, giant squid in tanks, shrunken heads, jewels, meteorites, and strange creatures hiding frozen in mysterious cryogenic chambers. A cornucopia of cataloged treasures and curiosities not open to the public. Sneaking around the invertebrate laboratory, I came upon two scientists. They were re-housing 100,000 antique parasites from leaking bottles into new pristine jars, all the while deciphering the arcane labels and translating them for researchers to use for years to come. When I asked how long this would take, Bre, a straight forward red-head with a half shaved head, replied, "Oh, this will only take us six more years.".