Makes you want to floss right now, doesn't it?

There's a dentist office in my neighborhood that has two giant molars in the shop window. They're about 2 feet high each, what's that, about 80 centimeters? One molar sits on top of the other.

Every time I walk by I wonder what material these enormous molars are made of. Maybe marble? Maybe quartz? Plastic? Amber? Some kind of resin?

teeth

Well the other day I took a closer look. And I've felt kinda queasy ever since.

teeth

Need a closer view?

teeth

Awful, isn't it? I know!

I don't even want to check the comments section on this one. I know what you guys are going to say. "Why was that necessary?"

Comments:

So I'm getting back to reading your blog after my short hiatus and this is the first post I see? ewww....maybe those aren't all real?

However, I do agree it is definitely post worthy... :)))

Posted by Barbara Kish on December 03, 2008 at 05:08 AM CST #

Welcome back to my blog Barb! :)

Posted by melanie gao on December 03, 2008 at 05:40 AM CST #

That would be 60cm, approximately (really it's more like 61cm). I go by 30cm/foot, or more frequently, 10cm/4in (has to do with knitting).
I can still hear the commercial, back when there were many public service commercials in the US, before the media began to exploit its power and abuse the privilege of free bandwidth which now can't be taken away because the media would massacre any politician bold enough to try, but I digress, with the tune about how to estimate metric measures based on the current measures (a litre is a little more than a quart, etc.) That was when the US was trying to switch over. But all that seemed to have come of it in the public sector is the 2-litre soda.

Posted by I18n G.A.L. on December 03, 2008 at 08:29 PM CST #

I18n G.A.L., you are so funny. Forget about the metric system - what about the disgusting molars?!?! :)

OK, but if we're going to focus on the metric system, it's one of the things I love about being in Asia. Or anywhere outside of the US for that matter. It's so much more logical. Though I have to admit I get completely confused when trying to convert fuel efficiency on a car. In the US we measure miles to the gallon. In Asia they measure kilometers to the liter. Whenever I try to figure that one out my brain starts cramping up.

Posted by melanie gao on December 04, 2008 at 02:12 AM CST #

OMG, I have to show this to my Dad! Why doesn't his office in the US have a giant molar made up of molars? I think we all know why...

Do you think those are real? Is this another example of China's superior recycling system!?

Posted by Dalton on December 05, 2008 at 05:46 AM CST #

I'm pretty sure they're real, Dalton. They're all different. Makes me nauseous all over again just thinking about it.

It is innovative recycling, isn't it? Who do you think came up with this crazy idea? Is there a factory in Guangzhou somewhere that buys teeth from dentists and mass produces these masterpieces? It boggles the mind...

Posted by Melanie Gao on December 05, 2008 at 06:17 AM CST #

still.....

Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

Posted by MountainGirl on December 08, 2008 at 05:07 PM CST #

ACK!!!

however, it made my kids floss!

Posted by poppygirl on December 10, 2008 at 12:42 AM CST #

I just searched Google on "convert from kilometers per liter to miles per gallon" and came to http://www.calculateme.com/cGasMileage/index.htm, which may save you some headaches at the gas pump.

And those teeth sculptures? They should be in an art gallery somewhere. Far far away from where any of us lives.

Posted by GD on February 02, 2009 at 07:23 PM CST #

If those are real teeth, I gotta wonder why are they all uniformly clean? I'm leaning towards "fake"...

Posted by KaJun Cheng on October 04, 2010 at 08:08 PM CST #

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