Studying the unmentionable

A traveling exhibit lets the curious indulge in the taboo subject of poop, getting a lot of science along the way

Bob Grant
Bob Grant

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Apr 12, 2007
The din of youthful voices fills the small exhibition hall at The Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. A crowd of tiny visitors flits between towering displays, and one rarely-uttered word is on the lips of this excited and potty-mouthed group:Poop.
That forbidden yet enticing word rings through the room and draws these youngsters to The Scoop on Poop! exhibit like flies to...well, you know."Poop" has even supplanted that old photographic stand-by, "Cheeez," as kids pose for snapshots atop plastic piles of phony elephant dung. "Pooooop," they smile.The Scoop on Poop! is a traveling exhibit based on the book of the same title by photographer and science writer Wayne Lynch. The largest-ever exhibit about poop explores a substance that's intimately familiar to just about every animal on Earth by presenting some of the countless ways in which both animals and scientists use poop to their advantage.
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