Quirky World: Museum ‘lifts lid on the secret world of poo’

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ISLE OF WIGHT: A museum dedicated to poo, with real-life examples from the animal and human world, has opened to the public.

The exhibition at the Isle of Wight Zoo is the first in the UK to have a focus of faeces and features excrement from animals such as elks and lions as well as a human baby.

The National Poo Museum has been created by members of the artist collective Eccleston George.

The group has created 20 illuminated resin spheres to show off the different types of poo with interesting facts hidden behind retro toilet lids which line the museum walls.

The display also includes fossilised poo (coprolites) dating back 140m years as well as a tawny owl pellet containing bones and teeth.

Nigel George, one of the exhibition’s curators, said: “Poo provokes strong reactions. Small children naturally delight in it but later we learn to avoid this yucky, disease-carrying stuff, and that even talking about poo is bad. But for most of us, under the layers of disgust and taboo, we’re still fascinated by it.”

Co-curator Daniel Roberts added: “Poo is all around us and inside us, but we ignore it. 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. We collected the poos from the wild in different countries and also received donations from the Isle of Wight Zoo and the Isle of Wight Dinosaur Museum.”

The attraction will be held at the Sandown zoo through the spring and summer before going on tour.

Pot luck

USA: Activists smoked marijuana outside the White House as they claimed that the drug should not be considered dangerous.

Protesters had planned to display a 51ft inflatable “joint” at their demonstration, but organiser Adam Eidinger said the Secret Service would not allow it, citing security concerns.

Possession of up to 2oz of pot is legal in the US capital, but smoking in public is illegal. However US park police Sgt Anna Rose said her agency made no arrests.

Protest organisers say President Barack Obama should remove pot from the list of Schedule 1 controlled substances, which includes heroin.

President Obama has maintained that pot advocates should try to lobby Congress to pass a bill reclassifying the drug.

Forever young

BRITAIN: A rare bronze sculpture of children’s favourite Peter Pan is expected to fetch up to £30,000 (€37,500) at auction this week.

The figure is a smaller version of the Peter Pan statue which has attracted visitors to London’s Kensington Gardens since it appeared there overnight in 1912.

Author JM Barrie himself commissioned the work by renowned sculptor George Frampton. Valued at between £20,000 to £30,000, the figure cast in 1920 will be sold at Lyon and Turnbull in Edinburgh on Wednesday.

The anonymous seller said: “We are sorry to part with this beautiful statue — it has been in my family for nearly 100 years.

“We hope that it will be as loved by its new owners as much as it was by us.”

Barrie first used Peter Pan as a character in The Little White Bird (1902) and returned to him in a later stage play before expanding the story to produce the 1911 novel Peter and Wendy.

TV star rescues bull

USA: A bull that escaped from a holding area and darted through the streets of New York City has been captured and taken to greener pastures by Jon Stewart.

Officials tell The New York Times that the black and white Angus was spotted on Friday in Queens.

The bull was soon corralled at York College, where students snapped pictures and took videos.

The bull was dubbed Frank Lee after a prisoner who escaped from Alcatraz. It was later taken to an animal shelter by the former Daily Show comedian and his wife, who are animal advocates.

Stretch too far

JAPAN: An airliner flying from Hawaii to Japan was forced to turn back and land in Honolulu after a passenger insisted on doing yoga in the galley in defiance of the crew.

Hyongtae Pae, 72, was charged with interfering with the crew of an aircraft in connection with the disturbance aboard United Airlines flight 903 bound for Tokyo’s Narita airport.

Pae reportedly ignored crew instructions and, during meal service, headed to the galley in the back of the plane to “meditate and do yoga”, according to an affidavit filed in federal court.

When his wife, who was traveling with him, tried to persuade him to sit down, Pae reportedly grew agitated, pushing her and yelling.

Several US marines who were on the plane helped the crew escort Pae to his seat.


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