Its celebrated in emojis, party bags and board games, piled on cup cakes and meringues and theres even a museum dedicated to it. How did we get here?
I was a little hesitant about setting up the National Poo Museum, begins Daniel Roberts, co-creator of the Isle of Wights most intriguing new tourist destination. I thought, am I going to be socially contaminated? Are people going to point at me? Am I going to become Mr Poo?
He neednt have worried. The museums exhibits encased in balls of resin, like something from a slightly troubling reimagining of Jurassic Park were a hit. During the year in which the attraction was housed at the Isle of Wight Zoo, the zoo reported its busiest-ever summer. People just loved it, Roberts says. We were nobodies, but because we mentioned poo, the whole world came running. The museums arrival couldnt have been better timed because, as Roberts puts it: In the two years since we launched, weve seen an explosion in poo.
This is what we might term the sheitgeist. Is there a parent in the land whose child has not arrived home in the last two years clutching a party bag containing some sort of poo-related item: an emoji keyring, a poo-themed eraser, a pot of white or rainbow-coloured unicorn poo slime or putty? A-list party bags are not exempt: at this years Oscars, coveted goodie bags given to nominees included a toilet plunger in the shape of a smiling poo. The pile of poop emoji may have peaked in cultural terms when Patrick Stewart voiced the cheery plop in 2017s The Emoji Movie, but nothing could stop this movement. Last August, according to Google Trends, poop became bigger than Beyonc; last month the Unko Museum opened in Japan, offering interactive exhibits, a ball pit (maybe give that one a miss), games and art. Its mascot, Umberto, is a philosopher who recalls the truth of the universe on the toilet seat.
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