Tuesday, October 11, 2011

WTF?! Tuesdays: Body Parts

This week's WTF?! Tuesdays items was actually purchased by me at the KY Flea Market. I think it is fabulous. It set me back a whopping $3! In line, a lady saw me carrying it and said, "I looked at that!" I replied, "I know! Isn't is cool?"

Maybe I have mentioned before, but I possess degrees in biology and chemistry. I even went to a school that churns out doctors. However, my expertise was in environmental biology (with a couple of sides in anthropology). I had to take a couple of medical-ish biology courses, including anatomy, but can't say I loved them much. I much prefered being wild out in nature. I do, however, love vintage teaching tools. I drooled over the model eye, the flowery uterus and the heart in my classes. I wanted them all just for the kitschy-ness of them.

So, I found this gem buried beneath a bunch of junk in a booth (I found the Made in Japan collie wall art in the same booth) and I gasped when I saw it. It has a weird brown gunk inside it (perhaps another topic for a future WTF?!) and the parts in front (or back?) move slightly. This brings us to why I chose this wonderful item for WTF?! Tuesdays. I need to know: WTF is it? Any budding anatomists out there want to help me out? I thought knee at first, but ruled it out. Maybe the back of the throat and those two projections are tonsils? I just cannot positively ID the model!

I am thinking I need to retake some of my classes, but meanwhile, this mysterious body part is joining my little collection of vintage classroom study aids. Check out other thrifty mysteries and creepy stuff over at Sir Thrift A Lot's great blog!

7 comments:

Vonlipi said...

Major creep factor! I'm too busy freaking out to try to figure out what it is!

I don't know if I'll sleep tonight.

beckyp said...

I have no idea but I hope to God I dont have anything that resembles that in my body

Gina said...

LOL!! You both totally have me laughing this morning! :)

Tonia said...

Finally my nerdiness pays off! That appears to be the hyoid bone (bone part) and thyroid cartilage. Awesome find! My daughter and I found a heart model at the thrift store this summer. We were ecstatic!!

Gina said...

Tonia: Thanks!! You are spot on! As soon as I read your comment I recognized that bone. I would so love to find a heart model!

Sir Thrift-A-Lot said...

Oh my, it looks like an upside down retro bicycle seat at first.

I'm glad you found something you liked Gina. & glad you found out what the bone was!

Sarah said...

This is freaking AWESOME. Even Jack loves the science stuff I thrift up. But models? Now I have a new goal! (Also, I love finding another biologist in blog land.)