Bobby Tanzilo was the first to get the scoop on poop – which is the name of the current special exhibit at the Milwaukee Public Museum – but I went this weekend with my kids for a second take on this interactive show about number two.
At first, my oldest son – who is 11 and loves to fart on me – was disappointed when he walked into the exhibit because it didn’t actually smell like poop. Personally, I was relieved by this.
In fact, it doesn’t stink at all, although there is a place to sniff what a dung-covered daisy smells like if you’re so inclined.
The exhibit is small but loaded with fecal-related factoids and interactive events – none of which require toilet paper, luckily. The kids liked all of it, perhaps slightly favoring the turd trivia, the "what dung it?" game requiring them to match the animal to it’s scat (I never knew porcupine poo looked so much like kidney beans) and the videos of various animals taking a dump including a rhino and a hippo.
They also really liked competitively driving a ball of dung in the dung beetle derby. I think Olivia has real talent here.
Oh and the video of that crane performing a courtship dance for a lady crane by jumping around and tossing buffalo dung with his beak was a real attention stealer, too.
Most of all, I liked the overall humor of the show, particularly apparent in the names of the displays such as fecal framework, super poopers and scat tracker.
I also learned a lot, like not only do some animals eat their own poop, but they use it to communicate with one another and squirt it on themselves to cool off. I’ll have to remember that next summer.
Another fascinating nugget I learned was that only Oklahoma and Wisconsin host cow pie throwing contests and that the furthest thrown cow "chip" was 185 feet.
(If you just ate food or were about to I am really, really sorry.)
My one wish was for more information about human feces. Call me a number-two narcissist, but I wanted to find out more about my personal poo-poo. I guess that’s what the Google is for.
Overall, my kids were absolutely smitten by this scat show, and we all belly laughed at least five times during our one-hour visit, but Levi did go in with one question that remained unanswered: what’s the record for the world’s largest crap?
I’m not guessing poundage, but I’m pointing my finger at you, Mr. Elephant.
Admission to the show, open daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., is $5 in addition to regular admission, $4.50 for members. The poop show runs through Jan. 14, 2014. Yeah, I wrote "runs."
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