Well, aside from watching my best friend have a C-Section and seeing her guts come piling out of her body – I probably did one of the most disturbing things ever today. I don’t know, maybe most people won’t think it’s disturbing. At any rate, I went through the Bodies Revealed exhibit.
Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately?) there were no pictures allowed inside the exhibit, but if you need more, a quick google image search comes up with a lot of pictures from the exhibit.
Bodies Revealed is literally just that – real human bodies that have been preserved and dissected to showcase anatomy. My best friend (the one with the guts) has been wanting to go to this exhibit for a few weeks now. I, on the other hand, was apprehensive about going. I just felt weird-looking at what were once living people, on display for all the world to see (and that does include everything, if you know what I mean).
All the same, the exhibit was set up respectfully to showcase the human body. My husband was under the impression it was art, and that is not the case really. It’s more like a museum, of the human body. Just about everything there could be was dissected and on display – and that did include lungs with cancer, and emphysema (with a box beside them for people to dispose of their tobacco products), a brain that had suffered a stroke, and any number of other things along those lines. They even had fetuses from a couple of weeks old to over 20 weeks. (There was a sign warning about that section, and they were the result of miscarriages, unfortunately. I found that section so sad.)
Honestly, I’m really conflicted by the whole thing. It was all set up to be educational, showing different parts of the body, what their function is, what can happen if they get cancer or in the case of the liver – fatty, but every time I’d start to really get interested in whatever it was I was learning, my mind would go back to the fact that these were real people.
It didn’t help that my best friend’s son (the one who came out when I was watching her guts) kept calling them zombies. “Look at that zombie!” – Oh dear the looks we got…He’s my kind of kid!
Well, I did learn one thing today – we don’t yawn because our brain needs oxygen. Turns out, we have no idea why we yawn!