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Checking Out The Other Bodies At Luxor

Where: 3900 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89119
September 28, 2012 at 5:12 PM | by | Comments (3)

Did you know that after conception everyone spends 30 minutes as a single cell?

Those were such simpler times.

Now, we have to battle traffic on I-15 and navigate tight parking garages all in pursuit of a few exposed bodies at Luxor. And, for once, we're not talking about the ones parading around stage in Fantasy.

A recent visit to Bodies... The Exhibition provided us with many fun facts about the human body (such as the one above) as well as a look at this supposed "inner beauty" we often hear so much about.

Bodies has resided on the Atrium Level since 2009 where it showcases 12 full body specimens (unclaimed bodies from China) and 263 partial body specimens and organs. The exhibition provides "an inside look" at the skeletal, muscular, nervous, respiratory, digestive, urinary, circulatory and reproductive systems, as well as an optional exhibit on fetal development.

The exhibition is great for all ages and often attracts school field trips. Guests can either walk around the exhibit of their own accord or purchase an audio tour. And, since, there's nothing more motivating than an exposed black lung, Bodies takes the opportunity to educate its viewers on the detriments of smoking and encourages them to leave their pack of smokes behind.

Overall, we were exposed to just about every muscle (yes, even the "love muscle"), bone (oh, stop it) and organ from the skin, in. We felt a bit like Superman, using our x-ray vision in pursuit of education.

If the idea of spending an afternoon at an educational exhibition makes you yawn, Bodies has an explanation for that, too ... oh, wait, no they don't. Though speculation says we yawn because the brain needs oxygen, scientists don't actually know the true reason.

Some mysteries of the human body have yet to be undressed and uncovered.

(PHOTOS: legacyforhealth.org, Examiner.com)

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I see right through you...

It's been my pleasure to see Bodies in three cities - Honolulu, Salt Lake City and Las Vegas.    Out of the three, the Las Vegas display was the smallest and seemed more institutional.  But, it's still interesting and worthwhile to see.  I recommend it.  I remember feeling a bit creepy about it, but not to the point of aversion.  And, I felt reverent and respectful of the dead there - as I think other attendees did as well. There's a certain hushed atmosphere that prevails wherein you're unlikely to hear laughter or loud talk - as though one is in a mausoleum.

Bodies

I saw the exhibit for the first time while I was pregnant. For those that don't know, they have a section of fetuses on display. Thankfully, though, they also let you know what's coming and provide a way to bypass that section. I took them up on it.

Fetal position

I personally found the section on fetal development particularly fascinating, but the friend accompanying me at the exhibit did not. So it's definitely a matter of personal taste.

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