No, its not an April Fool’s joke. Britain has indeed opened a museum dedicated to poo. The museum, which is surprisingly not the first of its kind, opened at the Isle of Wight Zoo. The National Poo Museum is fairly small, with feces specimens from only 18 species at the time of its opening. Among the exhibits are samples from cat, owl, meerkat, pigeon, cow, fox, humans, as well as a sample of a 38-million-year old fossilized poo. The dried specimens are encapsulated in glass globes that light up when visitors press a button.
The goal of the museum is to inform visitors about everything we need to know about poo —how bowel movements can tell help indicate health, how the sewer system work, and how scientists are researching into gut bacteria that could trigger “a medical revolution”.
A selection of samples.
“The National Poo Museum's mission is to lift the lid on the secret world of poo - to examine our relationship with it and to change forever the way we think about this amazing substance,” says the museum’s website.
The museum is the brainchild of inventor and entrepreneur Daniel Roberts, and was created by the artists’ collective Eccleston George. The group has built a special excrement drying machine that desiccates each sample before encapsulating in glass globes.
Human baby poo
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