When you go to a county fair, the last thing you want to be reminded of is what all that fried and sugar-laden food is doing to your body, not to mention the beer.
But there's a cautionary tale waiting at this year's Los Angeles County Fair (Sept. 3 to Oct. 2), at the "Our Body: Live Healthy" show. Featured are actual human bodies that have been preserved via plastination and reveal muscles, bones and internal organs. An attraction at the fair last year, this time there is a special section dedicated to showing what a whole lot of bad living will do.
Included will be lungs, kidneys, brains and livers of people who have squandered their life on too many cigarettes, too much booze and too many chili dogs. They'll be paired with pristine body parts unsullied by all that excess. These will be known henceforth as the aspirational internal organs.
Although it sounds incongruous for a county fair, the monthlong annual event features educational exhibits to balance out the carny games and rides. For this presentation the fair is partnering with Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center and Inter Valley Health Plan, and docents will be on hand to answer questions.