A week ago I was eating lunch at Pasta House with Miscellaneous Numbered Friends. (Nee the Heartless Cows.) Caroline picked up the advertisement for Body Worlds 3, an exhibition of anatomy at the Science Center.
Caroline expressed her appreciation for the good taste the designers showed for "not showing the FLAYED BODY on the advertisement as they usually do." (Flayed body! Click here!) Still, the words "Body Worlds 3" almost put her off her feed just from the association the have with flayed bodies.
I am allllll about the flayed bodies. I went to the Body Worlds exhibit, and I dragged Gary. And I pinned his chest to the ground with my knee to keep him from running screaming into the distance.
Body Worlds 3, if you don't know, is an exhibition of plastinated bodies. Human bodies. Specifically, men's bodies and women's bodies (see critiques below). These bodies are posed in their plastinated forms in various graceful positions. And then often sliced up. For your viewing pleasure. There were also some farmyard animal bodies, and that would be why you don't want to bring the kids. That chicken and that lamb did not sign a consent form.
(The exhibit makes a great point of showing that the bodies were all donated to the plastination people. I noted this since the neurologist joked he might take the kids to show them what happens to you when you die in a Chinese prison.)
I loved the exhibit, of course, and wanted to make off with many plastinated people for my own bathroom anatomy exhibit. However, I found one thing troubling, and that was how hideous male sex organs look when they've been flayed and plastinated in a permanently flaccid state. I wondered for a moment why all these men were circumcised; then I realized they had no foreskin because they had, as Hot Mom says, no "aftskin."
In addition, I never realized how much women rely on blood to make breasts and nipples look attractive. All the breasts were doughy lumps topped with extra dollops of lard.