Friday, July 13, 2012

July 13 Day 195. Well that's odd

As the Sesame Street song goes "One of these things is not like the others".
Yes, the exhibit in the middle of the top row isn't behind glass. That's Lucy, my 10-year-old niece, and she's gasping at the Odditoreum at the State Library of Brisbane.
This is a fantastic little exhibition of weird, odd and just crazy exhibits from the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney. But they are not labelled and children are issued with their own cards so they can make up what they see. Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction but for the most case the explanations the kids come up with are are hilarious. Children have such wonderful imaginations. So a lump of ochre pigment was, according to a nine-year-old, solidified elephant wee. And a giant licorice covered shoe was not a prop used in the Sydney Olympics opening ceremony but a device used to train guide dogs.
As the old journalist's saying goes "never let truth get in the way of a good story"

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