Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Dung, poo, and other stories

Pic: Chase's dung beetle, complete with dung.

This week, Chase's class has been studying insects and bugs.
One day, they were asked to create a plasticine figure of their favourite bug. Most of the students created the most beautiful lady bugs, ants, and caterpillars. Chase, with his obsessive interest in everything faecal, chose to create a model of a dung beatle. Complete with dung for it to eat. As you do.
It gets worse though.
Show and Tell this week was to share some amazing information with the class which they probably hadn't heard before.
Chase enthralled them all with his talk about our visit to the Deep Space Communication Centre at Canberra recently. Did he regale them with news on the current expedition to Mars? Or the moon rocks on display? Perhaps even the noises from space we heard?
No. The major topic of discussion was how astronauts go to the toilet in space. To better illustrate his talk, Chase had helpfully, without my knowledge, smuggled a fake poo into his school bag. All the better to aid his talk about how some poor bastard has to actually study the astronaut poo when they've returned from space.
And tomorrow I have to show my face at school all over again...

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