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March 27, 2014

A journey through the wonders of science and industry museum

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One of my favorite stops is a small room that surrounds a fairy castle. Nearly all that you see is absolutely real — everything from real china plates and sliverware, miniature books that include tiny print, to the paintings that hang on the walls of the castle. As you walk along the railing that separates you from the glass-encased castle, there are phones that you can pick up and listen to the narration that is given by the woman who collected everything you see before you. There are tiny fireplaces, spiral staircases and even a cradle that sits atop a willow tree in a courtyard that represents the song “Rock a bye baby, in the tree top.” As you climb the marble stairway that leads from one magnificent floor to another, you will eventually stumble into the large gallery that holds the many mysteries of our human bodies. What I feel is one of the more morbid or frightening displays, especially for children, is the large heart that you can actually walk through (as it beats). Next to this display is a numerical counter that clicks a new number for every new death that is related to heart disease. It always made me wonder if my number was up next. I thought that was one of the creepiest things I had ever seen. Located on a wall adjacent to the heart were several glass jars filled with formaldehyde. What was contained within those jars was nothing short of a miracle. Babies, all the way from conception to full-term (nine months) were held within those vials. I’m not exactly certain where they were obtained, and I don’t really want to know, but what a great way to introduce children to the miracle of life. It really makes it easy to explain just where babies do come from. I didn’t see a cabbage patch anywhere.

You can spend days, if not weeks, discovering new things in this unique museum that is unlike any other in the world. So let’s do what has come natural to us since the beginning of time, explore.

Contact Raymond Snoke at shark_guy2@yahoo.com.

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