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Monday, April 16, 2007

Events I Have No Interest in Going to: "Bodies" Exhibition Opens in Rosslyn

The Washington Post has more details about the new "Bodies" exhibition which opened Saturday in Rosslyn and runs through October 28th.

For those of you who haven't heard of it, the exhibition features actual dead bodies stripped of their flesh to various depths and posed in different positions. It was featured briefly in the latest James Bond movie, "Casino Royale."

I'm sure many people will attend "Bodies" and be fascinated by it. Nationwide, three million people have already ponied up their hard-earned cash to see it. But for me, the sooner this exhibition leaves town, the better. Allow me to explain why using actual quotes from the previous paragraph:

1) "The exhibition features actual dead bodies"
2) "[D]ead bodies stripped of their flesh to various depths"
3) "The exhibition features actual dead bodies ... posed in different positions"
Yes, I know all three quotes are just different phrases from the same sentence. But I cannot emphasize enough how creepy the whole thing is. Even when the county put out a traffic alert saying the streets near the old Newseum would be closed to unload the exhibit, my first thought was, "I am going nowhere near Rosslyn today."

Am I wrong? Is it artistic? Am I just a philistine?

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Blogger Eric said...

I was going to attend this exhibit, and write a counterpoint to Miles' post, but then I found out admission is $26.50! So, I'm going to agree with Miles - I have no interest in this one - here's another article from the Post though if you're interested

9:04 PM

Blogger microwave15 said...

$26.50? No thanks. If I may add, I am skeptical of how the bodies were attained in the People's Republic of China.
The website ( claims that all persons used died of natural causes. I'm sure there are a lot of political prisoners that have died of "natural causes." The website goes on to claim, "the law prohibits the disclosure of any information regarding the specimen's identity and/or cause of
I realize this is a little heavy, and I probably should have mentioned that I was born in Taiwan.

5:21 PM

Blogger CCHarmony said...

No, you're not wrong, you're completely right. It's the most disgusting thing I've ever heard of/seen. If I wanted to see this much of the human body, I would have majored in biology!

1:23 AM

Anonymous Kathy said...

I think you all are wimps! I will attend the sideshow and let you know if it is of intellectual value (I can't picture it being dull or uninteresting). Also, my parents will be in town and that admission price will not have to factor into my decision to attend!

2:43 PM


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