the body electric


Handwritten page of a diary dated November 14, 1972

…  before she would even sign my permission slip to go to the museum with my class, she had to ask me a few thousand questions. She was pacing the floor thinking of all the things that could go wrong. She said “What if the teacher doesn’t watch you and someone grabs you while you’re in the big city?” I said to her the same thing she always says to me: “Look at you, so nervous in the service.”

Then at the museum I saw an actual dead person’s central nervous system. I asked our guide lady what happens when a person actually gets “nervous” and she said, “Well, we would need a doctor to explain that, but I do know that there’s electrical activity when nerves are activated.” She probably wishes she hadn’t said that because then a bunch of guys in my class started asking all kinds of other stupid questions like “if nerves are activated near the blood, why don’t we get electrocuted like we would if the hair dryer falls in our bathtub full of water?” and “Do we have enough electricity in us to power an electric popcorn popper?”


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