Jumping out of your skin in the new year

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A man holding his skin (euuw) at Gunther von Hagen's body worlds exhibition, London.


To jump out of your skin is an idiom meaning to be surprised, to be shocked. May 2009 bring us all many good pleasant surprises and shocks, though, without the literal jumping out of our skins!


Body Worlds (German title: Körperwelten) is a traveling exhibition of preserved human bodies and body parts that are prepared using a technique called plastination to reveal inner anatomical structures. The exhibition's developer and promoter is a German anatomist named Gunther von Hagens, who invented the plastination technique in the late 1970s at the University of Heidelberg.


Once you overcome the 'euuw' factor, it really is quite interesting, and I strongly recommend visiting, there is so much more to see!

  • khairallah tammah 7y

    nice one
  • Steve Graham 7y

    I've seen this exhibition and it's fabulous!

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)
  • Shannon Ross-Albers 7y

    I saw a similar exhibit in the Detroit Science Museum. It was created by people from China. All the male bodies were posed in athletic positions, until I got to the lone full-body woman. Here was a skinless female, wearing clear-plastic high heels and carrying a shopping bag. Sigh. (I'm jealous you got a picture. No cameras allowed at the show I attended.)
  • Alan Grinberg 7y

    Amazing stuff, and you photographed it so well.
    I saw the same show as shannonrossalbers.

    Happy New Year, Bu!
    Looking forward to more pictures...
  • J. Young Photos 7y

    Wonderful photo of this amazing exhibit!! Saw this last year, but cameras and guards were all over, so no photos :( Glad you got this! All the best in the new year Swamibu!!!
  • umar ihsan 7y

    very nice
  • JustJan 7y

    What a very remarkable picture. Great that you got the chance to take it.
  • nilliske 7y

    Beautiful. Like it so much. Have an inspiring photo year.
  • DianeMerced 7y

    Amazing! I am curious how I would look like without my skin. For sure it would be shocking ( and making me jump out of my....what? )
  • NaturegirlJolieツ 7y

  • rainbow magic. Taking a Flickr Break For a While. 7y

    This picture here reminds me of the Robbie williams music video of Rock DJ...lol
  • Chelsea Oh 7y

    how did you make thisss?! its awesome!
  • Sohaib Khan 6y

    Very nicely taken!!

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)
  • meseontour 4y

    very good picture!
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