This past Sunday, my boyfriend and I ventured down to Atlantic Station to check out the Bodies Exhibition. It’s been on
our (okay, HIS) to-do list for a while, so I finally mustered up the stomach to see it. I don’t do well with blood, guts, veins, or anything related to how the body functions for that matter. I literally get light headed just hearing the word blood. Nonetheless, I put on my big girl shoes and actually really enjoyed it! Bodies gives you an interactive look inside the human body. And by interactive, I mean up close! The bodies used in the exhibit are actual human bodies that have been preserved using an innovative preservation process. They look like plasticized humans. The exhibit lets you explore all systems of the body, inch by inch. You get to see what the veins and arteries in your lungs like without all the tissue surrounding them, a healthy organ verses a diseased one, and what your skin looks like without all the bones, muscle and tissue. It’s amazing! One of my favorite parts of the exhibit was the respiratory system. They displayed a set of healthy lungs and a set that had been tarnished due to smoking with a bin in-between them where people could throw out their packs of cigarettes. The difference was astounding. Photography was prohibited during the tour so I couldn’t snap any pics, but I did learn some interesting facts which you can read below. If BODIES is ever in your area, you should definitely go!
- For every pack of cigarettes you smoke, you lose 3 hours and 40 minutes off your life.
- Every drop of blood in the body passes through the heart once per minute.
- Every time you lick a stamp, you consume 1/10 of a calorie.
- Girl’s brains account for 2.5 % of their body weight. Boys’ brains account for 2%.
- Fingernails grow faster on the hand you favor.