Strange Uses for Cadavers

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On Display at Body Worlds

If becoming a postmortem museum star sounds appealing to you, you can put your body on the list to be donated to Body Worlds, a traveling exhibition of remains that puts human anatomy on full frontal display. The bodies are prepared through a process called plastination, in which all liquids are drawn out and replaced with a polymer that later hardens. Once complete, the process basically turns the cadaver into a life-sized Gumby, which can be posed in any number of ways. In the past, Body Worlds has depicted skinless bodies dribbling basketballs, doing gymnastics, playing poker, riding horses, and -- controversially -- having sex.

Sources: Gawker, Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, Mary Roach, 2004

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