Monday, 15 November 2010

... Patagonia: Nerds Rock!

An actress once said that if you want to be a real actor, go to New York. If you want to sell out, go to LA.

Ah, the City of Angels.

The very place where an Austrian bodybuilder lifted his way from Muscle Beach to the governor's mansion. Probably best known for its three B's: Beaches, Boob Implants and Botox. Not quite so angelic. This is a city that's a tad thick on superficiality, self-absorption and sunshine. It's got a boulevard of stars and Beverly Hills!

Wait... it has culture, architecture and museums?? No way! Right? 

Exposition Park, located across the street from the University of Southern California, is home to Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and the California Science Center.

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
 The Coliseum, a National Historic Landmark, has the distinction of being the only stadium in the world to host the Olympic Games twice, in 1932 and 1984. It is also the only Olympic stadium to have also hosted Super Bowls and World Series.

The California "ScienCenter" is billed as the West Coast's largest hands-on science centre. Today I got my Science thing on and paid it a visit - I do afterall have a penchant for all things Science.

California ScienCenter

California ScienCenter
Mummies of The World is in its final days at the museum. Whilst the museum is free, the special exhibit has an admittance fee. Tickets for adults are US$19.50 and time allocated. Despite a group of crazy kids ahead, enough to make anyone's ovaries shrivel and die, I suspect today was a day sans a billion rugrats running about. It really wasn't that bad and you could walk right up to the entrance gate. The staff however offered later admittance in case the thought of being in a gallery with 100 kids was as appealing as having your organs taken out and stored in canopic jars. I laughed. Little did they know. The exhibit was very neat. It goes beyond Egyptian mummies with displays of mummies from every continent (except Antarctica). They had one of the oldest mummies, a baby that was about 6,500 years old named the Detmold Child.

They have about ten full mummified bodies and then the rest are parts of mummies or even animals. There are some antiquities displayed as well. The highlight for me were the mummies from South America especially the Detmold Child.

There are many other informative things to see and read. There are many hands-on things to do as well. Playing with all these simple but neat gadgets that are fun and also... shock... educational! The “Ecosystems” exhibit, where land and sea await your discovery, you get to experience a flash flood in the Desert, walk through a kelp forest, feel ice on a wall through a layer of fat and discover what kinds of icky things happen in the Rot Room. A bunch of different rooms await your curious mind so you can learn about evolutionary processes and the diverse range of environmental difference and biodiversity around the world.

So, call me a nerd, I don't care.

Nerds do afterall rock!

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