Thursday, August 18, 2005

Hey Timmy, what do you wanna be when you're dead?

I saw this on Headline News while I was eating lunch. This tidbit is of spew-your-noodles quality, for sure.


As of today, Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) has opened its "BODIES: the Exhibition" display. Take a look at this picture out for a taste, or the picture (from the Associated Press) above of part of the older Body Worlds exhibit of Chicago and Cleveland. This is no ordinary "Check out the dinosaur bones, boys and girls!" museum tour. BODIES is a display of twenty preserved human cadavers (unidentified bodies of Chinese men and women) arranged in different positions. Interesting poses include a dead body playing soccer and a skeleton holding hands with its own muscles.

The site promotes the exhibit as "a phenomenal look at the phenomena we call the human body." Which is true, but apparently the Florida Anatomical Board didn't think so; they voted to ban the exhibit, which was supposed to open Saturday.

What does the museum do? Move the grand opening up by two days.

My only argument: while I'm all for science and study and all of that, the source of the cadavers is a little sketchy. While the aforementioned Body Worlds exhibit in Chicago clearly states that the cadavers are body donors, this Florida exhibit uses unidentified and unclaimed bodies. That's pretty nasty of them (the Tampa MOSI, not the cadavers.) If there is an afterlife, I'm sure there are 20 pretty angry Chinese men and women raging about. But as a Tampa Tribune article headlines, "Now You Too Can See Dead People."

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