TicklePlease 51F  
3291 posts
12/2/2018 8:10 am

There's a lot of creepy in the world, some of it got on my back porch last night. It was pretty creepy, at almost midnight, to turn the porch light on and see the dog standing there on a muddy floor, looking quite pleased with himself, next to A DEAD POSSUM! Except it wasn't dead. And it wasn't mud. Apparently possums shit themselves to increase the odds that the whole "playing possum" thing works.

Before the creepiest thing I've ever seen, there's going to be some beauty. The following were all taken at the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, just outside of Las Vegas.

Beautiful right? There's a different kind of beauty coming up. The next few pictures I took at an exhibit at Bally's casino called Real Bodies. You may have seen a similar one, there's a few traveling exhibits of this type, with actual human bodies preserved in a way that you can view inner anatomy from muscles to capillaries. It's not gory at all, however, the fact that the displays are actual humans can be unsettling to some I'm sure. It had the same feeling as a funeral, reverent and somber.

Ok, here it is, the creepiest thing I've ever laid eyes on in my life. Something you'd expect to see hanging in some psychopath's attic. It was tucked away in the corner of the exhibit, behind a screen that you had to pull back in order to see it.


IT'S SKIN! The exhibit fucking "taxidermied" a person! Like... sew it on a robot and away you go into your next creepy scifi series creepy!

TicklePlease 51F  
11968 posts
12/2/2018 8:12 am

Also on the trip was The National Atomic Testing Museum, and yet another kind of "beauty"


RavenGB 58M
808 posts
12/2/2018 8:20 am

Hmmm. Plastination, fascinating and disgusting at the same time. In the end, the showmanship of it is wrong. These were living people and they've been turned into a freak show, so ultimately, I think it was wrong - or badly handled since it does have educational merit.

TicklePlease replies on 12/2/2018 8:51 am:
Yeah, you're not alone in that opinion.

LovesAsiansNYC 58M
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12/2/2018 8:32 am

Bodies exhibits use bodies of executed Chinese prisoners

Not something we should be paying to see.

Some of these were probably political prisoners or perhaps innocent of their crimes

TicklePlease replies on 12/2/2018 8:55 am:
It's definitely not something everyone wants to see... for various reasons.

CleavageFan4U 62M  
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12/2/2018 8:39 am

Have you ever been to the Badlands or the Painted Desert? Spooky damn places for sure!

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TicklePlease replies on 12/2/2018 8:56 am:
Girlcation friend and I went through the badlands a few years back but I've never seen the Painted Desert...

No bones about it.

HeartCollector 61F  
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12/2/2018 8:48 am

Mercy...amazing what they can do.

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TicklePlease replies on 12/2/2018 8:57 am:
It really is... it's an ethical minefield for sure!

misskissin 55F  
77222 posts
12/2/2018 8:53 am

Love the canyon shots. The southwest has such beautiful landscapes. Some of my favorite shots I've taken were in the Sonoran Desert not far from there.

The body exhibits while interest are not for me. That was someone's child, brother, sister, husband, etc... Just no....

TicklePlease replies on 12/2/2018 8:59 am:
The rocks were amazing and it was hard to get a sense of scale in pictures... it was just so big!

The bodies exhibit really doesn't have any middle ground when it comes to how people feel about it.

Naughtypursuit 51F  
2012 posts
12/2/2018 8:57 am

The pictures of the Red Rocks are amazing. Definitely want to see those. I would have no interest in the 'body' exhibit though - while intriguing, it just wouldnt float my boat.. They all look Asian even the guy playing football. Interesting that the skin one the guy is not circumsized…and it is left intact ( the things that catch my

TicklePlease replies on 12/2/2018 12:19 pm:
The pictures don't do the natural beauty justice... The sheer size of the range was impressive too, in one picture the rock climber looks like a flea!!!

maybejustrex4 52M  
2595 posts
12/2/2018 9:27 am

I love the landscapes. I get so amazed at the difference in "horizon" between the East Coast and West. It's just just the scenery, it is the distance to the edge of sight, the colors, what they do to your perception of the sky/ We live in such a cozy little niche in the East. Always a near horizon or a low mountain...the terrain is so different I would what the effects are on people and how they view things.

I have a strong negative opinion of the Body exhibit. It sells entirely because it is an abuse of actual cadavers and it sells for the sensationalism of the exhibit. Literally almost no people would not go to see (let alone pay for) plastic recreations of bodies dissected for legitimate medical or scientific reasons. Sensationalism is the wrong reason to display human remains.

TicklePlease replies on 12/2/2018 12:21 pm:
When I was in South Dakota and Wyoming I felt like I could see the entire middle of the continent, the horizon was so far away!

Platosgames 97M  
3181 posts
12/2/2018 9:30 am

Well that was an interesting exhibit. Crazy stuff.

The possum thing was sorta funny, had a cat come home years back covered in crap. Figured she must have been fighting a possum.

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TicklePlease replies on 12/2/2018 12:21 pm:
I had no idea that was part of their "defense" but it makes sense...

BiggLala 47F  
25506 posts
12/2/2018 9:30 am

The pictures weren't as 'creepy' as I expected them to be. I understand the ethical concerns of such an exhibit. I just wonder if some of the people donated their bodies, though.'s interesting but the creepy factor for me would be the fact they're actual dead humans...I get creeped out being at a funeral home in the viewing room by myself. *cringe*

The landscape photos are beautiful!
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TicklePlease replies on 12/2/2018 12:27 pm:
There's no information on the actual donation process unless you dig around online and even then it's somewhat vague. To be honest, I found the exhibit fascinating from a medical/anatomical perspective without any personal ethical dilemma. It was still just a little creepy tho.

scoupe42 55M  
6128 posts
12/2/2018 9:48 am

Well, it was different and creative.

TicklePlease replies on 12/2/2018 12:28 pm:
That's for sure!

pagancountrygirl 61F
4036 posts
12/2/2018 9:52 am

I'm not a fan of the desert, but those are some beautiful pictures.
The bodies on exhibit are interesting...until you get to the skin. I understand it's the largest organ of the body, but still.... As you said, it's creepy.
There are a lot of people who leave their bodies to science, never knowing what may be done with them afterwards...and these may be some of them. Or there may have been a program that asked for people to specifically sign up for this end result. You just never know.

Hmmmm....I know I left that wand around here somewhere!

TicklePlease replies on 12/2/2018 12:32 pm:
I know what you mean about the desert... Vegas and the surrounding area was a great place to see and visit but I couldn't live there, most of it is just too brown... I need my green lol!

The exhibit didn't go into the origins of the bodies so like you said, it's difficult to know how they came to be there.

iwant2learnit 48M  
451 posts
12/2/2018 10:18 am

The Black Rock Canyon pictures are, not surprisingly, beautiful.

The Real Bodies pictures are very different, for sure, but still beautiful in their own way. Not an exhibit I'd make plans to see, but not one I'd turn down going to if I had some time to kill.

Damn, that hanging human skin looks like a prop from 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre'. That shit is pretty unsettling.

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TicklePlease replies on 12/2/2018 12:34 pm:
There was one at the Franklin Institute a few years back... not sure if this was the same one.

Yup, it could totally have been a horror movie prop... I'm sure that's why it was behind a screen. I wonder how many people tried to touch it!

2947 posts
12/2/2018 10:37 am

    Quoting RavenGB:
    Hmmm. Plastination, fascinating and disgusting at the same time. In the end, the showmanship of it is wrong. These were living people and they've been turned into a freak show, so ultimately, I think it was wrong - or badly handled since it does have educational merit.
Just wondering what your thoughts are on King Tut and similar 'archaeological' themed exhibits?

2947 posts
12/2/2018 10:38 am

Those exhibits answer the question: To shave or not to shave.

TicklePlease replies on 12/2/2018 12:35 pm:
Now THAT'S what I'd call a close shave!

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12/2/2018 11:08 am

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TicklePlease replies on 12/2/2018 12:36 pm:
Thanks Jack!

LakeRidgeBBWSeek 58M
3206 posts
12/2/2018 4:09 pm

Posums also piss themselves when in danger. I learned this with the possum invasion I went thru in NOLA back in 2012, caught one in a live trap, then couldnt figure out what to do with it, cuz each time I approached the trap, it pissed & shit again. Was planning on putting car trunk & releasing in a wildlife refuge, BUT, just could put THAT in my car. A friend finally volunteered to put in the back of his pickup and take elsewhere to be released. Damm thing was back in a week, traveled about 2 miles to return. I gave up, started bringing my outdoor cats indoors, to feed them, or guarding them & food till was eaten, and eventually the colony of possums moved on !

TicklePlease replies on 12/3/2018 3:38 am:
"possum invasion"

That sounded funny, tho I'm sure it was a hella pain in the ass!

smartasswoman 61F  
30709 posts
12/2/2018 4:31 pm

Red Rocks is probably about the only thing that would get me back to Vegas (have been there for conferences for work & didn’t care for it). Nice pics!

I wouldn’t object to my body being used for educational purposes
, but as other people have commented, who knows whether these people gave consent...

TicklePlease replies on 12/3/2018 3:39 am:
Yeah, I'm not a Vegas fan myself, if it wasn't for husband's work it's doubtful I'd choose it for a destination... but boy, that scenery once you get outside the city... woo hoo!

Definitely a grey area on consent with the exhibit.

SeaGirlFL 55F
7952 posts
12/2/2018 8:19 pm

When I moved to Florida, we drove through Nevada, from Reno through Vegas. I loved the landscape, it was beautiful. The pictures are wonderful!

I've had friends go to similar "body" exhibits...and they found them fascinating as well. I'm not sure I would choose to attend one. I have to agree that the skin one is really creepy...makes me think of Silence of the Lambs....

I had no idea that a possum would poop as defense. Our dogs cornered one in the middle of the night...I don't know if it pooped, all I remember is it's long, sharp front teeth as it was hissing back at the dogs.

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TicklePlease replies on 12/3/2018 3:42 am:
It's so different out west. I grew up in central Florida so I thought I knew what heat was like lol!

That hissing noise is pretty fierce! I remember my sister and I stumbling across one on a woods hike once and WE almost shat ourselves!

Keppel37 50M
3475 posts
12/3/2018 6:34 am

Oh ye gods..... Tickle, not sure I'll ever be able to unsee that!!!

Art should always move though...


TicklePlease replies on 12/3/2018 8:31 am:
Dang M.... it's not THAT bad of a picture of me!


kukoocock 49M
5811 posts
12/4/2018 8:30 am

Look I would not sign up my dead body for that show, like it is effectively like some weird Jim Henson wannabe pscyho who said... you know what lets skin a few people and go on the road.

Anyhow that show was over here too... but I had a lot on that weekend like cleaning the drain in the I missed it.

Those eyebrows are fucked up... that the rest of it seems tame lol.

I like the canyon stuff much more my ball of whack.

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TicklePlease replies on 12/5/2018 11:25 am:
I tried to warn ya darlin'

EasyriderNM 59M
3101 posts
12/6/2018 6:52 pm

Hello, Tickle.
LTNS (More on that later)

I prefer the beautiful. You should come to New Mexico sometime to see our Ponderosa pine filled mountains, White Sands, and much more. We are a combination of high desert and lush mountains.

Just stay away from Santa Fe. Despite the hype, it's the blight of NM, and a tourist trap. Also, Santa Fe doesn't represent REAL NM. Most NM people are friendly and down-to-earth. We also have some of the most delicious food anywhere, NM Style Cuisine. You can only get it in NM. SF people are weird, and SF-style food is an abberation, a bastardized version of NM Cuisine. Yes, I hate Santa Fe, and with a lot of good reasons.

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TicklePlease replies on 12/8/2018 6:05 am:
Hello Easy! Good to see you again. It certainly HAS been a ltns!

I was in Albuquerque a few years ago (and about 20 years ago too lol) and thoroughly enjoyed it! Sandia Peak was absolutely gorgeous and the vintage hotel I stayed in was incredible! I'd definitely go back!

Koffla 63M
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12/8/2018 7:17 pm

Creepy indeed!

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TicklePlease replies on 12/9/2018 10:49 am:
One of the exhibits came to Franklin Institute a few years back... you could have been creeped out in person!

lindoboy100 56M
20224 posts
12/10/2018 1:36 pm

Love the landscapes, I find those layered strata fascinating, I'd need to understand the geology......

On the other hand, those dead people exhibits are fascinating in an altogether different way.........givin me the dry boke!!

Wake up and hold yer noses.........

TicklePlease replies on 12/11/2018 3:16 am:
I've seen a few pictures on this site that could be replaced with the body exhibit pics and I'd be less inclined to dry boke!

scottj55555 51M
1962 posts
12/16/2018 10:05 pm

That one guy in the exhibit just seems to be beside himself!

TicklePlease replies on 12/20/2018 4:47 am:
He must be having an out of body experience...

wickedeasy 69F  
32201 posts
12/25/2018 9:02 am

mother of the angels. I love the running man find it quite beautiful but skin, no no

once had a possum near my car and I truly thought it was dead. til I tried to get into my car and that damn thing scooted over my foot faster than my eyes could follow it and I bump sat on the ground heart pounding. nature is a wonder. and this without a cell phone to call 911 for the paramedics to restart my heart.

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TicklePlease replies on 12/26/2018 4:29 am:
Who knew that carrying a defibrillator in your glove box could come in handy! Possums are scary no matter WHAT they're doing... I still remember my sister and I tromping around the woods in NC and coming across one that hissed at us like it was a cobra! We couldn't run home fast enough!

sexysixties2 71F  
38175 posts
12/31/2018 5:01 am

Just playing catch up Tickle....have a wonderful New Year.

We had a similar exhibition here ...fascinating but a bit creepy!!!

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TicklePlease replies on 1/1/2019 6:22 am:
As always, it's great to see you! Happy New Year to you!

dumplin6969 61F  
144 posts
1/2/2019 9:09 am

yep pretty creepy... but how the heck did you deal with dog and possum!

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TicklePlease replies on 1/2/2019 2:20 pm:
towels, lots of towels. The possum ran off at some point, leaving a trail of shit behind him.

Paulxx001 62M
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1/28/2019 11:33 am

That possum story.... now that's just something, you won't find in a book.. and I've looked... 📖📙
I'll be better prepared... Thanks! 😶

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TicklePlease replies on 1/29/2019 2:48 am:
heh heh heh.... there's a joke in here somewhere about Canadian Possums but darn it, I just can't find it yet.

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