'Grossology' answers some of life's messiest questions

Science Museum Oklahoma is hosting an overnight ‘Grossology' event. Children and their parents will learn the messy way the world works.
by Ken Raymond Modified: June 9, 2012 at 10:15 pm •  Published: June 11, 2012
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Vimes looked at the cover. The title was “The World of Poo.” When his wife was out of eyeshot he carefully leafed through it. ... As he turned page after page, it dawned on him that whoever had written this book, they certainly knew what would make kids like Young Sam laugh until they were nearly sick.

Terry Pratchett, “Snuff”

One of the saddest things about growing up is that curiosity gets locked behind gates of propriety and manners. Our license to question the world expires the moment we learn to be embarrassed.

So it is that many adults navigate their way from shame to death without finding the answers to some of life's obvious conundrums. They don't know why armpits stink, for example, or why excrement is brown.

“As adults, we seem hesitant to discuss poop and farts,” said Drew Smith, Bright Night coordinator for Science Museum Oklahoma, in a news release. “Not so much because we're afraid to, but because it seems taboo.”

Children have no such censors. To them, bodily functions are hilarious. And for one night, at least, their parents or guardians will get to share that hilarity, adults and children finding together the answers to some of life's messiest questions.

The event, Bright Night of Grossology, begins at 6 p.m. Friday at Science Museum Oklahoma and continues until 8:15 a.m. Saturday.

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by Ken Raymond
Book Editor
Ken Raymond is the book editor. He joined The Oklahoman in 1999. He has won dozens of state, regional and national writing awards. Three times he has been named the state's "overall best" writer by the Society of Professional Journalists. In...
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IF YOU GO

Cost: $45 per person. Adults who do not participate in hands-on activities pay only $20. Museum members, military and Oklahoma state employees (with employee identification) pay only $35 per child. One adult is required for every six children.

Registration: Reservations are required. Call 602-3760 to reserve a space.

When: 6 p.m. Friday to 8:15 a.m. Saturday.

Where: Science Museum Oklahoma, 2100 NE 52.

For more information, go to www.sciencemuseumok.org.

Grossology is all things gross, meaning bugs, creepy crawlies, slime, snot, just ickiness.”

Jacquelyn Musgrove, museum spokeswoman

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