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I woke up missing an organ this morning!

At least I honestly thought so.

I went to Body Worlds 2 this week. (One of the many joys of voluntary unemployment! Highly recommended.)

The exhibit was just the right length. It took me two and a half hours to work my way through it, it was so interesting, but by the end, I was getting fatigued. I wouldn't have wanted it to be any longer.

One of the displays showed a child cadaver's thymus, and explained that this significantly sized organ gradually decreases in size, and becomes absorbed by the surrounding tissue in the bodies of adults. Cool! There's an organ that children need, that disappears when you become an adult!

But do I still have my thymus? I had to know. Wikipedia gives me the impression that I still have the vestiges of my thymus.

Oh, little disappearing thymus. How little I knew thee.

Body Worlds is highly recommended. Everybody there learned something. Strangers struck up conversations with each other because the exhibits were so instructive and fascinating.

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tpederson
Jan. 18th, 2008 06:27 pm (UTC)
You'll admit to attending that freakshow?
dblume
Jan. 18th, 2008 07:43 pm (UTC)
Absolutely.

From your question, sounds like you wouldn't be a good candidate for medical school. Or, do you know something about the show that I don't?

The show was educational, and clarified my understanding on a number of biological systems.

tpederson
Jan. 18th, 2008 07:52 pm (UTC)
Just joking, you liked my freakshow comment at your house, so I was recycling it.

The show sounds very cool. I bet it would be harder to examine cadavers in med school than see the show. Are the cadavers of people who just agreed to let their bodies be used for science? And if so, how did this guy procure them?
dblume
Jan. 18th, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC)
How could I have forgotten?

Goes to show how the missing context and visible cues in online conversations really affect the perceived tone...

Yeah, there's a consent form people fill out to have their bodies plastinated after they die.
pastilla
Jan. 18th, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
I would write an ode to your vestiged thymus if only the word rhymed with something beautiful . . .
dblume
Jan. 18th, 2008 07:49 pm (UTC)
It rhymes with my favorite alterative metal band, Primus, which I thought was from Humboldt county, but I'm not certain about that. They certainly make me think of Humboldt.
davidd
Jan. 19th, 2008 03:17 am (UTC)
Primus was my favorite TV show when I was in 4th-grade. I wanted to be that guy. I still want to be that guy!

And I'd really like to see the Body Worlds exhibit.
sjonsvenson
Jan. 18th, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC)
We had that -or a smilar- show around here about two years ago.
I did go but I didn't like it. The problem was that it was rather uneven. To much show and to little information. Well, some things like heart, intestines had lots of information but others, like kidneys and joints had no or almost no information.
It was clearly not ready then.
dblume
Jan. 18th, 2008 10:41 pm (UTC)
Well, considering the whole body and then the size of the venue, compromises had to be made. This one was a little uneven, too, but I'm not knocking them for it.

I'd rather have the uneven work than none at all.
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