Doin’ the Nasty

Have you ever gotten a cold and wondered to yourself, “Why in the world would a body be designed to spew forth more green stuff than Linda Blair when you catch a little bug?” Or how about when you eat a hefty helping of Mexican food and find yourself struggling to hold your wind in the rest of the day? Well, the human body works in many smelly, dirty, and downright disgusting ways — but each reaction has a purpose. And you, the curious stinker that you are, can finally figure out the whys at Grossology: The Impolite Science of the Human Body, premiering at the South Florida Science Museum (4801 Dreher Trail N., West Palm Beach) today.

Yes, now you can find out just how your kidney filters toxins out of your body with “Urine: The Game,” or how gas builds up during food digestion (hint: you’re not just full of hot air). You’ll also discover why you get the urge to chunder when you drink too much the night before. Take a peek inside the sinus cavity to glean what causes allergies, and get a close up look at pimples and blisters and the sordid lives they live on your skin. There are nearly a dozen interactive displays and exhibits to toy with, so gather up your grossest… errr, most biologically efficient friends and head down to the SFSM through next May. Admission costs $9 for adults, $6 for kids. Call 561-832-1988, or visit
Sept. 20-May 1, 2008

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John Linn