Number Two

| January 22, 2009
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Everybody poops. Yet no one talks about doin' the doody in polite company.

Despite its funky smell and nasty contents (digested corn, anyone?), doo-doo comes in pretty handy for several animal species. Some critters use poop to build their homes and hide from enemies. Others use it to (gasp!) attract mates, and some even eat their own poo.

Learn all about why animals make better use of their crap than humans in "The Scoop on Poop: The Science of What Animals Leave Behind," an exhibit opening on January 24th at the Memphis Pink Palace Museum. The traveling show is based on a book of the same name by science writer David Lynch.

Kids (and open-minded adults) can examine fecal samples, compete in dung beetle races, and learn how to track wild animals using the clues left in their scat. The exhibit also features a Stool School to improve your doo-doo IQ, and you can even learn how to say "dookie" in other languages.

"The Scoop on Poop: The Science of What Animals Leave Behind," Jan. 24-May 3, Memphis Pink Palace Museum, 3050 Central (320-6320).

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