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