Pooping sausages.

The latest exhibit at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Oakland is all about waste.

There’s much to learn in the world of feces, and you can get educated by stopping by the museum.

“Some people may hear about this exhibit and think it sounds gross or weird or funny, and they’re right, it’s all of that,” said Ellen James of the museum. “But you’re actually going to learn a lot about the science of poop.”

1. This is such a coincidence because just the other day I said to myself, “PittGirl, you know what you don’t know enough about? Poop!”

2. Can I ask? Shouldn’t this have been an exhibit at the Science Center and not so much the Museum of Natural History? What’s up with that?

3. The best part of the video might be the camera panning from the phrase “Number Two” right on over to poor poor Andrew Stockey.

4. Watch Ms. James in the video as she actually utters that “science of poop” phrase. You can see she just kind of chokes on the word, probably thinking here I am on the local news standing across from smoking hot Andrew Stockey and I’m about to say the word poop. Here I go. POOP!

5. Poop is a funny word.

6. Not as funny of a word as sausages though.

7. I dare you to say sausages six times in a row and NOT break into a smile.

8. Told ya.

(h/t to Randy)


  1. Frank
    January 29, 2008 9:25 am

    Pooping sausages=great band name

  2. pittgirl
    January 29, 2008 9:34 am


  3. Dave
    January 29, 2008 9:55 am

    There’s actually a sign board that says, “Turd Trivia.” Never in my wildest dreams did I think that there would be such a game, no less such a game at the Carnegie.

    Great quotes:

    Andrew: “that sound usually marks the end of our involvement with waste….”

    (He said “usually.” When doesn’t it end your involvement, Andrew?)

    Ellen: “lots of things to touch…lots of things to see….”

    (Sure, she later says, “you won’t need to wash your hands…” uh huh….okay….right. Is that before or after the Dung Beetle Derby?)

  4. unsatisfied
    January 29, 2008 12:34 pm

    yeah, they need to put this next to the “bodies” exhibit.

  5. M. Silenus
    January 29, 2008 1:12 pm

    …putting on his Groucho Marx glasses…

    If it’s at the natural history museum why isn’t it called the Origin of Feces?

    Badum Ching!

  6. Still A. Fan
    January 29, 2008 10:46 pm

    when i first went off to college back when hair bands ruled and kurt cobain was about 3-4 years away from getting his grunge on….i was armed with a commodore 64. if anyone out there had one, you know the drill….buy 10 blank diskettes and go to the geek’s house in your neighborhood who had all the cool games for you to copy. Remember buying disks in boxes of 10 for like $17? That is SO funny to think back on….. Anyway, a lot of people had this program called SAM that was a computer voice that read text however it was spelled. we created a menu of 10-15 things to say and we would prank call people and press the buttons. one of the things that we made it say (THE funniest) was “i have to take a poop”. i’m laughing just thinking about how SAM said “poop”. it would stretch it out really long if you typed “poooooooooop”. however, if you used an odd number of o’s, it would then say “pooooooo OP”.

    is it funny to anyone else or was i drinking too much?

  7. Stasia
    January 30, 2008 9:33 am

    “Can I ask? Shouldn’t this have been an exhibit at the Science Center and not so much the Museum of Natural History? What’s up with that?”

    Well, what’s up with the Science Center having the “Dinosaurs Alive!” film? Heck, they were just trying to ride on CMNH’s Dinosaurs in Their Time thunder!

    The Scoop on Poop is a good exhibit for CMNH because it discusses the biodiverse implications of poop. It’s not just about how poop is made and disposed of, but how both animals and humans make use of it: the role of poop in natural life. It’s true there could be a lot of crossover between CSC and CMNH exhibits and topics, but The Scoop just takes CMNH’s mammal and anthropology halls a step further and in a very particular direction.