Monday, October 12, 2009

Dead-Man Gawking

Detroit has an unemployment rate of nearly 30 percent - three times the national average - the highest murder rate of any large city in America, and just last month Time Magazine devoted almost an entire issue to the death of that once-great city. But if you're like us, you're thinking, hey, I know just what that town needs: a few dozen dessicated Mexican corpses!

Thirty-six mummies on loan from Guanajuato's Museo de las Momias (Museum of the Mummies) go on public display Saturday at the Detroit Science Center as part of the "Accidental Mummies of Guanajuato" traveling exhibit.

The roughly $2 million project marks the first time the mummies have been shown in the U.S.

We hope the people of Detroit find hope and inspiration in the exhibit. Like Detroit, Guanajuato was once an economic powerhouse - during the colonial period, silver mining made it one of the wealthiest cities in the world - but has since fallen on hard times. (How hard, you ask? They still can't stop talking about Tim Burton's visit there in 2007. That's how hard.) But play your cards right, Detroit, and 200 years from now the preserved cadavers of your citizenry may be on display in some failed capital of the future. Shanghai, perhaps!

Loyal readers may recall that Chicago originally had first dibs on this exhibit, but decided to dis the Mexicans by moving the show to Cicero - a crappy neighborhood full of, well, Mexicans. It made sense at the time, really. When you're a shoo-in to get the 2016 Olympics, who gives a shit about a bunch of dried out Mexicanos? Well, Chicagoans, now's your chance to gas up your Japanese-made cars and drive the two and a half hours to the Detroit Science Center. Keep the doors locked, of course.


Todd said...

I love to visit Guanajuato city, a very charming place. But I have never visited the mummy museum.

I really cant see the attraction when there is some much more to see there.

Lazlo Lozla said...

Well, the mummy-shaped charamusca candies are good. And they last for days!