Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton and the world’s first pregnant man – these are just a few of the characters brought to life by actors inside the Museum.
Today I met a real-life giant cockroach (the actor’s name is Guy) who is kind enough to give humans a tour of the Science Museum from this critter’s perspective. Here’s what Professor John Cockroach had to say:
“Ah nice to meet another friendly cockroach face! Quick, join in. Don’t forget to put on your weekend ‘best’. Going among the humans, we’re all to be on our best cockroach behaviour.
Now, you’re probably wondering why we cockroaches are gathering here?
Well, as cockroaches, we forget – don’t we? – we haven’t had to evolve for, well, millions of years. We are, after all, pretty much the same as we were when there were dinosaurs. Humans, bless ‘em, clearly still have a long way to go. But they’re trying, obviously, so we mustn’t judge them too harshly. That would be very uncockroach of us, wouldn’t it?
Human beings are so fascinating. D’you know, they change their own environment to solve their problems rather than evolve? Yes, they have a strange habit of constructing things and when they’ve finished they sometimes put those things in a room and call it a museum. How strange!
So, being a cockroach professor of humanology, ahem, I lead a group of you cockroaches, on a quick scuttle around, as it were, for about 30 minutes.
We’ll see how humans seem absolutely obsessed with something they call time. Many of them can’t even eat, sleep, or indeed leave the house without first ‘checking the time’.
We’ll see plenty of examples of their machines too, how they try to save time, kill time, and how they love to burn things in order to go faster and faster.
Just a quick reminder, though, to any of our cockroach visitors. Please don’t expect to feed the humans. Sorry, but they’re very fussy eaters and have quite strict feeding times.”
If dressing up as a giant cockroach and participating in a unique tour sounds like fun, sign up for a Cockroach Tour of the Science Museum.
A big thanks to Guy for his contribution to this post!