Let the bodies hit on four! but stay on 17...
The most recent marketing campaign, "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" has been a great hit with the tourist set, but ignores an amazing yet subtle shift in what Vegas has to offer. Vegas is growing up to be true cultural mecca. Many culture elitists may disagree, saying that Vegas is nothing more then Ahab chasing his whale with all their supposed cultural investments, but it is working. Vegas is introducing fine art ; Broadway caliber stage shows ; amazing restaurants from world famous chefs ; and even a few fish to people who wouldn't normally visit those kind of venues. Sure there are still bare breasted dancers a plenty, both the respectable and the not so respectable sort, but more and more Vegas is seeing the value in high culture and is giving its fans what they want. And rest assured, Vegas doesn't do anything that isn't going to earn them respect or money or both.
And its with that in mind we present you, "Bodies... The Exhibition ". An exhibition that "tastefully" invokes visions of the side show days of the traveling carny. This is almost too perfect a fit for the Vegas experience. It has macabre undertones swirling with graphic visuals that Vegas embraces and enhances. But this is also a science and better living expo. 21 whole body specimens and over 260 preserved organs are on display in an innovated preservation process.
A human specimen is first preserved according to standard mortuary science. The specimen is then dissected to show whatever it is that someone wants to display. Once dissected, the specimen is immersed in acetone, which eliminates all body water. The specimen is then placed in a large bath of silicone, or polymer, and sealed in a vacuum chamber. Under vacuum, acetone leaves the body in the form of gas and the polymer replaces it, entering each cell and body tissue. A catalyst is then applied to the specimen, hardening it and completing the process.
While this is a great Vegas attraction, it is by no means unique to Las Vegas. There are many "Bodies... The Exibition" shows going on around the world. From New York to London , these shows are bringing the wonder of the human body to a new level, letting us see how we work in a new and inventive way. This is science and art blended into a unique vision and is something we here at Memepunks can appreciate immensely. This exhibit has now made my top ten "things to do the next time I'm in Vegas" list and while "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" is a great catch phrase, we will bring you our first hand review of this exhibit, and many others when we see them. I wonder if they have a "Corpses Playing Poker" display? That would be worth the 24 dollar admission in and of itself!
I think I would give my body to science if I could get signed on for the bodies exhibit on the Vegas strip. I wouldn't have to worry about an after life; I'd be more then happy to spend eternity as the "Bad Life Choices" kidney, lung, liver, heart, brain, whatever....
" Our bodies are apt to be our autobiographies. " - Frank Gillette Burgess