Giant Squid Turned Into Plastinated Taxidermy Exhibit

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A kraken of the deep is going Beverly Hills. Celebrity taxidermist Gunther von Hagens has plastinated two giant squids. One of these silicon-enhanced squids is slated to tour with von Hagen's Body Worlds exhibit.

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In 2004, von Hagens acquired two specimens of Architeuthis dux to fill with silicone. One of these squids will travel with von Hagens' Body Worlds tour; the other will presumably take the world of necrotic cephalopod modeling by storm. More photos of the preserved squids are available via New Scientist.

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ThisDudeRufus
ThisDudeRufus

Body Worlds was one of three museum exhibits to give me nightmares. The others were the life-sized underwater dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum and the Salvador Dali exhibit at the art gallery.

See, my parents took me when I was like 11. Thing is, they neglected to tell me they were actual people, not just models. I was halfway through when I finally gathered from the little placard by the Winged Man (the guy who'd been split down the middle, with his ribs splayed like wings) that I was, in fact, looking at real dead babies and death row inmates. I started crying and wet my pants in a crowded room and couldn't find my parents for at least five minutes, though it felt like an hour.