An exhibit titled "Our Body: The Universe Within" doesn't seem like it would be completely out of place at a county fair. After all, such fairs aren't just about funnel cakes and carnival rides, they're also an opportunity to learn about animals and agriculture and quilts and stuff.
But "Our Body: The Universe Within" is an exhibit of stripped-down, preserved cadavers that show human anatomy in all its glory -- such exhibits have been around for a while, so you probably know what we're talking about.
Sure, it's enlightening, but we associate county fairs with cute pigs and fluffy chickens and funnel cakes, not necessarily seeing exhibts of bare muscle tissue and exposed brains -- especially after eating funnel cake.
But the fair folks saw an opportunity to do something different for the educational component of the event and decided to go for it (the fair partnered with several local healthcare organizations). "I think people may find it a bit surprising that we have something like this," said Leslie Galerne-Smith, communications manager for Fairplex, "but it fits in perfectly with what people are starting to expect from us. This is definitely something that you wouldn't necessarily see at a county fair."