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Posted by Katie Johnston Chase January 5, 2007 09:59 AM

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What were you doing shortly before midnight last Friday? I was squinting at diseased lungs and trying to comprehend the complexities of the nervous system while jostling up against hundreds of other visitors at the Museum of Science. It was a bit much to process so late at night, but it was the only time I could get into the "Body Worlds 2" exhibit, which is open from 6 a.m. to midnight until it closes on Sunday.

I figured my mom and I would have the place practically to ourselves, but it was packed -- and so hot that I had to strip down to a tank top to bear being squeezed in by all those warm bodies. (I assume the dead ones weren't giving off much heat.)

The main problem with going at that time -- besides my brain's middle-of-the-night mushiness as it tried to digest all that scientific information -- was the fact that, when the clock struck midnight, the security guards started hustling us out. We'd been there for two hours, but I still could have used a few more minutes to peer into the jars of teeny-tiny embryos and linger over the slices of an obese person's belly.

Regardless, it was a fascinating experience -- and a few dollars cheaper than going during the day. And it was fun to see so many people interested in an educational exhibit. As I overheard one guy say: "What are all these people doing at the Museum of Science on a Friday night?"

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