Bodies World

August 1, 2011 at 10:53 am (Uncategorized) (, , )

This weekend was spent enjoying many of the fine things this city has to offer.  Giordano’s Pizza, sushi, street festivals, the beach (where, in a super smooth move by yours truly, I lost my cell phone.  All has been corrected but my idiocy remains)…I’d say it was a pretty great weekend all around and it ended on a high note Sunday with a trip to The Museum of Science and Industry.  I’ve gotten over my grudge with this place after they didn’t choose me to live a month in their museum and so it was okay for me to go on a double date to check out the Bodies World exhibit.  Luckily, two of the four of us volunteer within city museums so we got a nice little discount on admission – sometimes it really pays to not get paid!

This is one of the least graphic models. I can honestly say I've never seen anything like it.

In case you’re not familiar, the Bodies World exhibits are pretty crazy.  They basically take the real bodies of people who have died and donated themselves to science and strip away layers of skin, hair, tissue, muscle and fat so people can see what we all really look like on the inside.  There are no identifying markers of the people these figures once were and viewers aren’t told anything about where they came from or how they may have died.  Instead, we were able to focus on the intricate nature of the human body and see how stuff really ticks.  The bodies have all undergone a process that basically takes away all of the moisture and acetone to halt the decomposing process and turns what’s left into a type of plastic (at least, this is how I understood it) and so once the bodies are posed, they’re good to stay in that position for nearly 2,000 years.  Seriously crazy science-fiction stuff but amazing nonetheless.

It was quite enlightening to see the innards of a human being.  It really drove home the fact that we are all made up of the same stuff and it also reminded me how beautiful, mystifying and downright mind-boggling we really are.  However you think we became the beings we are today, it’s obvious that the body is amazingly detailed and works so perfectly that we may never fully understand it.  But with the help of exhibits like this one, I can sure as hell appreciate it!


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