Posts Tagged ‘anatomy’
We have three new plushes for you to love! Please meet our Eyeball plush, Party Pupil in the House; our Tooth Plush, Flossin’ Ain’t Just For Gangstas; and best of all, we have brought back the Heart of Gold plush, this time bigger, better and made from fabulous metallic pleather. Be the first in your dentist’s office with a plush tooth or the first on your block with a squashy snuggly eyeball.
Suddenly spring is here and the guts have a busy April touring schedule, so come on out and visit your guts at events in D.C. and Philadelphia! First up is the Sakura Matsuri street festival in D.C. on April 14th. Now in it’s 52nd year, the cherry blossom festival is the largest Japanese-style street festival in the U.S., so come on out and celebrate all things Nihon. It’s been 100 years since Japan gifted the cherry trees D.C. is famous for in the springtime. “How many things in this world qualify as both kawaii and educational?” The Sakura Festival organizers recently Tweeted, “We think I Heart Guts plushie organs are.” Aww, we heart you, too, and can’t wait! Next up, the Philadelphia Science Festival is April 21 in the city of brotherly love, home of the Liberty Bell, Philly cheese steaks and the world’s largest walk-in heart. If the idea of robot showcases, virtual reality caves and of course cuddly internal organs excites you, then please do come! Back in D.C., the guts will appear at the USA Science & Engineering Festival at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. This two-day event runs April 28-29 and is free to the public. Nerd heroes and science celebs will be on hand, including Bill Nye the Science Guy, Mythbusters and Mayim Bialik, hypothalamus expert and actress on Big Bang Theory. Stop by and say hi, it’s free!
Many of you have written in to suggest making some sort of graphic showing where all the guts and glands live in the body, and I’ve finally gotten around to creating one. It’s even got rollovers so you can learn more about, say, your pineal gland, should you have time to squander. For the purposes of simplicity, we’ve made the body a hermaphrodite — she’s got a uterus to go with her prostate and testes! We’ll call her/him Hermie.
Well, this is fun — Urban Outfitters has added a few guts to their online collectibles depot. Looks like the marketing department had some fun with the text for the heart: “He’ll really take a beating for ya. Somehow adorable anatomical heart plush with an included little fun-fact-filled tag. Get PUMPED!” and the lung: “Take a deep breath and contemplate the cuteness of this plush set of lungs,” and the liver, too: “Intoxicating little liver likes to keep it clean.” (Wow, the liver is sold out! What’d they do, bundle it with a free bottle of Jack Daniels?) If you already own one of these plush guts and care to write a review (if you happen have to have an UO account), I’ll be your best friend. Also awesome — it seems they also bought stuff from two other California plush scenesters — Lauren of Sweet Meats and Kerry and Darth of Evil Ice Cream. Woo hoo!
Another book worth checking out is author-illustrator David Macaulay’s The Way We Work, an anatomical take on the classic The Way Things Work. Filled with great illustrations — my favorite is the disco-dancing muscle cells — and clear explanations of the body’s myriad functions, it is the ultimate resource for anatomy geeks.
When a museum calls itself “disturbingly informative” you know it’s got to be great. The Mutter Museum, part of the College of Physician’s of Philadelphia, is chock full of bones, preserved guts floating in jars and other creepy stuff from the bodily world. They are perhaps best known for having a replica of Siamese twins Chang & Eng, who had a conjoined liver (hey, if you can’t share your liver with your own brother, who can you share it with?) that is preserved and on display at Mutter. This place is the original Body Worlds. Best of all, this emporium of body parts will soon carry I Heart Guts plushies, stickers and buttons, so if you’re in the Philly area and you just can’t wait, get your guts there.