Greek Mythology?

Patrick took me to the Body Worlds exhibit in Baltimore for my birthday on Monday. In the first couple of rooms, I was telling him random bits of information about bones. This guy overheard and started talking to us - I think he was a grade school science teacher, making notes for when he brought his students back. As we got to the case with a foot, this woman came over...

Random Woman: That foot reminds me of mine. When I was in a car accident, and my foot was severed. There was blood everywhere. I just kept crawling around on the floor looking for my foot. The paramedics said I was in shock. But I definitely remember trying to find my foot. And all the blood.

Us: Uhmm. Wow.

Random Woman: You know the story of the Achilles heel, right? How it got its name? So there was this prince, right? He was called Achilles. And his mother was a queen. Well, she took him to the sorcerer because she wanted him to be abominable. And the sorcerer dunked him in a vat. But held him by his foot. So he was completely abominable except for his foot. And that's how we get the term Achilles heel.

Me (trying to stifle giggles): Interesting.

The random woman also decided to tell us the story of a deformed spine, but she couldn't remember if it was scoliosis, lordosis, or kyphosis. She went somewhere, conferred with someone, came back and decreed that it was lordosis. Which it definitely wasn't, since this spine curved laterally, and lordosis and kyphosis refer to unnatural anterior-posterior curvatures. It could have been severe scoliosis, but I think it was a different disease process. I talked to the science teacher guy a bit more too, until he started arguing with me over the cause of osteoporosis and couldn't remember the difference between osteoclasts and osteoblasts. Then I just avoided him the rest of the exhibit.

It was overall an interesting exhibit, although it didn't quite live up to the hype that I've heard about it for the last several years. Also, all the females were posed like dancers and yoga instructors, and all the males were posed like soccer players and skiiers. That was rather disappointing. I'm not sure I learned anything (and I disagreed with some of the information presented), but the bodies were definitely cool to see.


Anonymous said…
Achilles is abominable, huh. Whaddya know? You learn something new every day!
Chris Cameron said…
My dog is named Achilles.
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Anonymous said…
No pictures allowed, sorry.

The woman claimed that her missing foot had collapsed up into her leg in the accident. But she didn't walk with any limp. Maybe she's abominable.
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