Published On: Oct 18 2012 11:46:55 AM EDTUpdated On: Oct 18 2012 11:50:01 AM EDT
From the wacky to the downright disgusting, check out the seven grossest wonders of America, according to CNN's Richard Faulk.
Leila's Hair Museum -- A hair bouquet: gross or gorgeous? Leila's Hair Museum in Independence, Mo., is full of unexpected haircraft.
World's Largest Fungus -- The Malheur National Forest's Humongous Fungus is the largest living organism in the world and one of several "shoe-string" fungus organisms growing in the Oregon woods.. A tree killer, the fungus colonizes, kills and decays the root systems of its conifer tree hosts.
Morbid Anatomy Library -- The work of a group of artists, the Morbid Anatomy Library in Brooklyn collects curiosities of many kinds. Among the eye-catchers: instances of anthropmorphic taxidermy, the resurrected Victorian craft of dressing dead animals in adorable little outfits and posing them in human activities.
Berkeley Pit -- With its water dyed ruby-red from wickedly toxic chemicals left over from aggressive strip mining, the Berkeley Pit is the crowning jewel in the nation's largest contiguous Superfund site in Butte, Mont.
Indiana Medical History Museum -- This medical museum on the site of an old insane asylum in Indianapolis holds a sampling of gruesome medical and autopsy tools, but the grossest highlight is the human brain collection. This consists of some 80 samples, mostly sliced in cross section and preserved in glass slides, which display various neurological injuries.
Necropolis by the Bay -- The dead outnumber the living 900 to 1 in Colma, Calif., outside San Francisco. It unofficially became San Fran's necropolis in 1900 after land became so scarce that the City Council decided to remove all its dead and build on the decommissioned cemeteries. Tours of the city's many cemeteries are available.
Mütter Museum -- This repulsive item, a pathologically enlarged colon -- a megacolon -- is on view at the Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Untreated Hirschsprung's disease, causing chronic constipation, resulted in this massive 5-foot-long organ. A wax model of a normal-sized colon is displayed below.
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