What can be smelly, crusty, oily and gunky? If you answered “the human body,” then you must have already visited Grossology at OMSI (Sept. 29-Jan. 6). This wildly popular, highly interactive exhibit brings the book Grossology to life with unforgettable hands-on activities like the virtual reality experience “Urine: The Game” (really), a climbing wall that’s a large-scale replica of human skin and “Gas Attack,” a pinball game that helps explain toots.
Exploring the science behind our putrid pits, foul feet, runny noses and all other sorts of biological nastiness, the kid-favorite traveling exhibition uses all sorts of animatronics and games to explain how the body processes a variety of substances to produce barf, sneezes, and scabs, while staying healthy and happy along the way.
“This is science in disguise,” says the book’s author, Sylvia Branzei. Sure, but the next time you get an upset stomach or a stuffy nose and flashback to OMSI’s unforgettable displays, there’ll be no mistaking the wizardry that our bodies output. In fact, parents should plan on learning a thing or two, as well. The Toilet Paper Tester demonstrates what brands are the strongest, for example, and the “Snot or Not” showdown that illustrates what would happen if people didn’t have boogers. They wouldn’t use as many tissues, that’s for sure!