Yes, This Japanese Toilet Slide Is Educational

School doesn't have to stink.

School-age children in Osaka, Japan, are learning about poop in a fun, interactive and relatively mess-free way: by riding a slide into a giant toilet.

Usually, playground slides and human feces make for a nasty combination. But the slide that's concealed within a 16-foot toilet bowl at the unambiguously titled "Toilet!? - Human Waste & Earth's Future" exhibit is a gateway into an educational sewer.

Japan: Schooled about Stool - Osaka wows faecal-focused learners

Japan: Schooled about Stool - Osaka wows faecal-focused learnersWhile going to the toilet is often flushed aside as a crass topic for children's education, Osaka has warmly embraced the topic of toilet-tutelage, dazzling faeces-focused learners at the ‘Toilet? The exhibition is a faecal roll-coaster ride of stool-related information and attractions, giving guests the opportunity to slide down an over-sized toilet over three metres high, wear faecal-fashioned hats, and learn from singing, interactive toilets. People visiting the museum also get the chance to examine various types of excrement, both human and animal, in all their glorious shapes, sizes and smells.

Posted by CCTVNews on Thursday, August 20, 2015

The show, which also visited Tokyo's Miraikan science museum last year, is an exploration of human waste, how it's disposed of, and what toilets of the future must achieve to meet the challenges of global population growth.

For example, Japanese sewage treatment systems are engineered to harvest phosphorus, which can be used to fertilize crops, among other applications. Some U.S. cities also utilize phosphorus recovery systems as part of managing human waste.

Videos from the exhibit's run in Tokyo and its current stint in Osaka play up the fun factor for kids, who are invited to put on curly brown foam hats and slide into the bowl.

There, it appears they are greeted by cartoon stools and singing, interactive toilets that guide them though lessons about what feces are made of, where they go and how different toilets are used around the world. There's also a portion devoted to different kinds of stools.

While the concept might be a little jarring to some, it's pretty tame compared to another exhibit, "The Mysterious Great Adventure of the Body," which has patrons enter through a giant inflatable butt.

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