Smile #125 – Discovery Wonders

I saw the original Body Worlds: the Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies back when I was in high school in 2007.  It was an eye opening experience!  A real life biology lesson!

The fascinating Body Worlds exhibit returned to Charlotte again!  Unlike the former, this exhibit takes a more relevant view of our body.  Body Worlds & the Cycle of Life explores human development, longevity and aging through human anatomy, physiology and health.

Bubble and I headed uptown for a chance to see the exhibit.  The journey began with “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius,” which features embryos and fetuses of each stage of prenatal development.  It is remarkable to see a pea sized embryo developed to a full size baby in 40 weeks.  No textbooks teaching can compare to seeing it in person.

We continued on to the Artists’ Gaze and Centennial Village.  Did you know world’s longest living people are from Okinawa, Japan, Sardinia, Italy and Loma Linda, California?!

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Incredible view of our brain’s blood supply!

The exhibit pointed out the long term effects of unhealthy habits. It displayed a pair of Smoker’s lungs, a slice of normal person’s thigh vs an obese person’s thigh and diseased liver due to excess alcohol consumption.

Seeing the comparison made me reflect about my unhealthy habits.  I should probably put down the sugar and trade it with some veggie (Still NO SALAD!)  🙂

Bubble was mostly stunned at the specimen and the breakdown of each body.  He was also slightly grossed out by how unreal yet very real each specimen looks.  This exhibit is true to the statement – this is a truly is a work of art.  🙂


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