Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Drink From A Toilet In The Name Of Science

SAN FRANCISCO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A new science exhibit is turning spectators into toilet-tasting test subjects.

The Exploratorium is a museum in San Francisco with a new exhibit called Mind that’s teaching folks about the human response through 40 interactive and strange displays, including one dirty display – a water fountain made from a toilet.

Exhibit spokesperson Michael Pearce explains, “With the toilet drinking fountain, there’s a conflict between people’s memory and their judgment. Some people will not drink out of it even though there is a sign that says it’s perfectly clean. I laugh every time I do it.”

According to Pearce, the hands-on exhibits “show people something surprising about themselves and how they work in interactive, fun ways.”

But it’s not all potty procedures.

Along with toilet challenges, folks can be the guinea pigs in experiments that place them in front of a simulated live audience to test attention, or they can view expression changes in animatronic robots to test emotion awareness.

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